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Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Hosts High School Charity Tournament

The 2015 Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 and will benefit Norwalk Grassroots Tennis.
The 2015 Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 and will benefit Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. Photo Credit: Tom Renner

NORWALK, Conn. -- The eighth Annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual charity event benefits Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, an organization that provides outstanding tennis and developmental programs supporting Norwalk's inner-city youth.

It is open to all high school students and will be played at Longshore Park in Westport and Weston Field Club. The tournament was conceived and inaugurated in 2008 and raised over $3,000. And it raised over $25,000 in 2013.

The registration fee for the tournament is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, trophies and giveaways from the organization’s supporters.

Tennis players from all high schools are welcome. The format will be boys and girls doubles, both divided into Varsity and JV brackets.

Participating high schools include:

  • Staples High School
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Greenwich High School
  • Darien High School
  • Fairfield Ludlowe High School
  • Fairfield Prep
  • Fairfield Warde High School
  • Wilton High School
  • Weston High School
  • Trumbull High School
  • King and Low Heywood Thomas School
  • Hopkins School
  • New Canaan High School
  • Joel Barlow High School and
  • St. Luke’s School

Players report to respective club at 9:45 a.m. for registration, but check your email the night before and that morning for any weather-related start time changes.

The 2015 turnout is expected to be strong, with more than 300 invitees from local high schools from all over southwestern Connecticut.

“The response has been so strong and new schools are added every year,” said Will Andrews, one of the co-chairpersons. “All of the participants feel so strongly about helping to raise money for such a worthy cause and feel fortunate doing so by playing a sport they love. The play is quite competitive but also a lot of fun.”

"The Autumn Classic is a tremendous boost to Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, bringing together generous long-time supporters while continuing to attract first-time donors to our program,” said Art Goldblatt, founder and president emeritus of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. “With the enthusiastic and generous support of the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come."

Click here to register for tournament. For more information, contact Will Andrews at 203-216-3533 or email him at andrews47288@gmail.com.

Longshore Club Park is at 260 South Compo Road, Westport. And Weston Field Club is at 38 Ladder Hill Road S., Weston.

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