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LG&T Tennis Challenger

The 18th Annual Levene, Gouldin & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger will take place at Recreation Park in Binghamton from August 6-14, 2011. The LG&T Tennis Challenger is a $50,000 USTA Men's Pro Circuit Event. It is 9 days of high-level tennis, and it takes place just before the U.S. Open. Over the years, the LG&T Tennis Challenger has proven to be a great stage for professionals from all over the world, as they get tuned up for the Open.

Admission is free to the Qualifying Rounds on August 6-7. Main Draw matches begin on August 8 and conclude with the Singles and Doubles Finals on August 14.

USTA Member Appreciation Day is scheduled for Monday, August 8. USTA members receive free admission by showing their membership card.

USTA Eastern President Jeff Williams and Executive Director D.A. Abrams will be present at the LG&T Tennis Challenger on Tuesday, August 9 as part of the section’s 2011 Listen and Learn Tour. Existing and potential new USTA Individual Members, Volunteers, and Organizational Member representatives are welcome to attend. An informal meet and greet session will take place at 4:00, prior to the Pro-Am Final and that day’s featured match that are scheduled to begin at 5:00 on the Stadium Court. Please RSVP to Joe Steger, Western Region Tennis Service Representative (TSR), at

steger@eastern.usta.com or 914 282-4153 by Tuesday, August 2 if you plan to attend the Listen and Learn Tour event at 4:00.

Several other special events and activities are planned throughout the LG&T Tennis Challenger, including the Dick’s Sporting Goods QuickStart Tennis (QST) Clinics on Thursday, August 11 from 10AM-Noon. For further information on the LG&T Tennis Challenger, the schedule of events, or anything else related to the tournament, please visit: www.tennischallenger.com.

Volunteers are needed for various tasks associated with the LG&T Tennis Challenger. All volunteer shifts are three hours long and consist of working set up/clean up, ticket sales, food service, and/or VIP events. Drivers are also needed to transport the players from Recreation Park to their accommodations and back. The Tournament Staff appreciates any and all help from volunteers, but they are most in need of people to help setup in advance of the Tournament (beginning Monday, August 2) and to help clean up on August 14 (after the Championship matches conclude) through August 17.

Those who commit to volunteering for multiple shifts will receive, at minimum, a tournament pass. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have questions, please contact Rebecca Stollman, Volunteer Coordinator, at rlstollman@yahoo.com, stollman@binghamton.edu, or by phone at 607 765-2584.