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“Shining Stars”

March 11, 2008 03:10 PM
Jimmy Arias and Doren GoldstoneThe Western New York tennis community came out in full force on Friday evening February 29 in support of Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association’s (BNCTA) first annual, “Shining Stars” adaptive tennis fundraiser event. 93 people participated in this socially friendly doubles tennis tournament, which was run simultaneously at Miller Tennis Center and Village Glen Tennis Club under the guidance of tournament directors Russ Reinagel and Steve Beatty.

Tournament participants were provided with plenty of tennis while still being able to take their chances at the variety of Chinese and silent auction items available, many of which were donated by members of the local tennis community. Some lucky players even got to play out a point against hometown hero Jimmy Arias, a former top-five player in the world who returned to Buffalo in support of this worthwhile program.

The fundraiser event was held to bring in necessary funds to support a new adaptive instructional tennis program called “Shining Stars.” The program, which is specifically geared for children with autism, is the first of its kind to ever be offered in Western New York . “Shining Stars” will be run in collaboration with USTA Eastern and Summit Educational Resources. For more information, please go to www.bncta.com.

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