Coach Harshana proudly warming up in his Sportsmen's gear!

Coach Harshana proudly warming up in his Sportsmen’s gear!

Sportsmen’s own Coach Harshana will do battle in a semi-friendly (smile) exhibition match on the indoor courts at Sportsmen’s the evening of Friday, May 5th.

Coach Harshana has represented Sri Lanka in Davis Cup play since 2002, and currently holds the record for the most singles victories by any Sri Lankan player in Davis Cup history. He’s a fan favorite among juniors and adults at Sportsmen’s!

His opponent? None other than former Sportsmen’s Coach Gavin Manders, all the way from Bermuda!

Gavin has been playing tennis for 23 years, and has been #1 in every age group in his native Bermuda, where he has also been named Athlete of the Year. He has been ranked # 1 in Bermuda the last 5 years, and has represented Bermuda in 6 years of Davis Cup competition. Gavin is as committed to developing strong junior players as we are here at Sportsmen’s, which was evident during his time with us.

Come out and see these two Davis Cup players battle it out in honor of a long-standing, committed Sportsmen’s family. Sportsmen’s Board Member Ruth Birnberg is sponsoring this event, which includes dinner, in honor of her husband, Tom Shapiros’ XO birthday (hmmm…I guess it’s a secret!)

Former STEC Coach Gavin Manders

Former STEC Coach Gavin Manders

This Spring Rally will also feature a delectable buffet dinner, and will give two Sportsmen’s Juniors a chance to team up and play doubles as the second event of the evening.

Because of Ruth’s generous sponsorship, your entire entry fee will be tax deductible!
More details will follow soon, but for now, please save the date: Friday, May 5th. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

For more information, or to help with this event, please contact Ruth directly at ruthmbirnberg@gmail.com.

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4207f549-8f1d-4894-a7a4-4acce1d3f953This Saturday evening, 25 prospective Big Sisters and their eager potential Little Sisters will come to Sportsmen’s to spend some time getting to know one another on court, thanks to a long-standing partnership between Sportsmen’s and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

The Big Sister Association goes to great lengths to help women and girls develop a bond before they are formally matched, to improve the success rates of these long-term partnerships.

Sportsmen’s helps by providing free access to the courts, coaches and volunteers, and light snacks. We’d love it if the Sportsmen’s family could help make this a success. The event will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Want to volunteer?

Women and girls of all ages and tennis abilities (including non-players who want to help with food and organization) are encouraged to email Sportsmen’s Program Coordinator Gayna Sealy, at GSealy@sportsmenstennis.org, to see where and when help is still needed this Saturday evening.

1972a01d-6c22-4797-bef7-168ed4530148Want to help underwrite this important event? Sportsmen’s will always try to help organizations that serve vulnerable youth throughout the city of Boston. As a non-profit, we need your help to insure that we can continue to meet these types of needs. If you can provide a donation in any amount, to offset our court costs (which cover all of our utilities, insurance, front desk staff and other general operating expenses), coaches and refreshments, please click here and make a fully tax deductible contribution in any amount. If you’d like to donate refreshments, please reach out to Gayna directly.

Thank you for your support of this important event!

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