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Left: Moving Tribute to Bud Collins from Sportsmen’s Junior Players Right: (L-R) Globe Staff Writer Patty Wen, STEC Executive Director Toni Wiley, USTA Chairman Katrina Adams, Honorary Co-Chair Emily Rooney, Anita Ruthling Klaussen and Honorary Co-Chair Toure.

Katrina Adams, Anita Ruthling Klaussen, Patty Wen Honored!

Patty Wen

Patty Wen listens to Nick Bridgeman

Friday, November 18th was a wonderful night for the Sportsmen’s family. We came together to show love and appreciation for three amazing individuals who show tremendous support for our communities – Boston, Sportsmen’s, and the tennis community worldwide.

More than 650 guests traveled to the Sportsmen’s Tennis Ball at Lombardo’s in Randolph, to pay tribute to Boston Globe Staff Writer and longtime Sportsmen’s member Patty Wen, USTA Chairman and CEO Katrina Adams, and the late Bud Collins, whose widow, Anita Ruthling Klaussen, accepted the 2016 Sportsmen’s Community Builder Award on his behalf. The event raised over $150,000 for Sportsmen’s youth tennis, academic and social programs.

Sportsmen’s Junior Tennis Player Nick Bridgeman, presenting the Distinguished Member award to Patty Wen (right), noted that just as Sportsmen’s programs create bridges between people from different communities and backgrounds, Wen’s reporting on family and social issues allows Globe readers to identify and empathize with people from all walks of life.

Briyana Targete and Katrina Adams

Briyana Targete and Katrina Adams

11 year old Briyana Targete (left) commented on the similarities between the Harlem Junior Tennis and Learning Program run by Katrina Adams and Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, as she remarked on Ms. Adams’ career as a professional tennis player and commentator, and her current role as Chairman, CEO and President of the US Tennis Association.

In between, 10 children from The Learning Center at Sportsmen’s donned colorful trousers and paid tribute to Bud Collins, recalling his humorous, poetic and profound tennis proclamations. One noted his respect and admiration for Billie Jean King, while others marveled at his ability to draw parallels between tennis and boxing or basketball.

Mrs. Klaussen was moved to tears.

Anita Ruthling Klaussen

Anita Ruthling Klaussen

The Sportsmen’s Tennis Ball was co-chaired by WGBH’s Emily Rooney and journalist and TV host Touré. Rooney spoke fondly of her relationship with Bud Collins, as Touré recounted stories of growing up on the courts of the Sportsmen’s Junior Tennis Program.

 

If you were there, you know that one of our goals was to raise $50,000 in gifts to support our junior tennis, academic and social programs, and to offset current investments such as our new roof, expanded broadband, and the on-line registration process scheduled to launch in January.

I’m pleased to report that we raised $35,375 more than 70% of our goal!

It’s not too late for you to help us meet our fundraising goal, using just your cell phone or by clicking here. Your gift in any amount will help us close this gap as we enter the winter season.

To donate with your phone using GiveByCell, simply send a text to the number 56512.
In the message line, write “Serve”, the dollar amount of your donation, your name or “anonymous”, and any message you’d like to include.

 

The Sportsmen’s Tennis Ball is our primary fundraising event, and proceeds support scholarships for tennis, academics and summer camp. They also underwrite free programs, such as DEUCE (Don’t Ever Underestimate Consistent Effort) for boys, HEY (High Energy Young) Sister, and Volley Against Violence, Sportsmen’s long-running police/community engagement partnership with the Boston Police.

If you couldn’t make it to the Gala, but would like to help us continue these programs, we would be ever so grateful for your contribution!

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Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on the courts!

Sincerely,

Toni Wiley
Executive Director

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