One Love Tennis, a not-for-profit in the Greater Wilmington area under the umbrella of the Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund, Inc, officially announces its first ever fundraising event.
This day long event, featuring tennis superstars The Bryan brothers, the winningest doubles team in the history of tennis and current world No. 1, will come to Wilmington on November 24 to headline a fundraising tennis exhibition in Trask Coliseum at UNCW. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow through the UNCW Box Office
The American brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan both 35, have clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record NINTH time and for the fifth consecutive season.
The Bryans are one of only two teams in history to have won every Grand Slam title as well as Olympic gold medals (2012)
They have a Career Golden Slam and 15 grand slam titles overall, which is more than any team in the Open Era. These include victories at the Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), the French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013), and the US Open (2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012). They won the Tennis Masters Cup doubles tournament three times (2003, 2004 and 2009). They won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They also won the 2007 Davis Cup along with Andy Roddick and James Blake. The Bryan Brothers were named ATP Team of the Decade for 2000–2009.
The Bryan Brothers are coming to headline the "Double Your Bryan Brothers Tennis Extravaganza" in Wilmington at the behest of Lenny Simpson, Executive Director of One Love Tennis Program that started has been providing services to area youth since April of this year.
The One Love mission is to Provide a year round program to under-served youth that provides Tennis instruction and academic support in an environment that builds self-esteem, character and life skills, regardless of socio-economic background, color or creed. Additionally, the One Love Program promotes tennis as an alternative to negative recreation and create an atmosphere that values respect, honesty, sportsmanship, discipline, education and success. The program will focus initially on the Greater Wilmington, NC area.
"If you haven't heard of One Love yet, you will. We have already made well over 3500 youth contacts since April in our summer and after school programs." Says Simpson.
A tennis legend in his own right, Simpson was trained and coached by tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. He had many career highlights including being the youngest male to play at Forest Hills (the US Open)
Simpson feels that tennis and education helped shape his life in positive ways and wants to give that same opportunity, direction and motivation needed to succeed on the court, in school and in life to at risk young people.
Simpson believes that the tennis, academic tutoring and life lessons provided by One Love to at-risk youth in tennis afterschool programs will help them develop life skills that will enhance their development and growth for the rest of their lives.
This Bryan Brothers event, which is being organized by One Love and produced by Simpson and Associates Sports Management, includes a youth clinic taught by the Bryan Brothers, their father Wayne Bryan and other tennis professionals.
All proceeds from the Bryan Bros. Tennis Extravaganza will be shared among three Wilmington-based sports not-for-profits… The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, the UNCW Seahawk Club and One Love Tennis.
"Hosting the Bryan Brothers in Wilmington promises to be a world-class, family oriented, crowd pleasing occasion for Southeastern North Carolina." Says Jon Rosborough, President of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. "This event complements the mission of the GWSHOF and provides something for everyone in our community and we are thrilled to be associated with such a top-notch event. "
"We are excited to partner with One Love Tennis to bring the Bryan Brothers to Wilmington." Says Rob Aycock, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Executive Director of the Seahawk Club. "The Seahawk Club is thankful for the ability to be one of the benefitting charities while also bringing a great event to the community."
Simpson, who has produced over 60 of these world class exhibition matches with such names as Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Caroline Wozniacki, also produced the John McEnroe-Todd Martin match that played to an almost sold out crowd at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington a few years ago as part of the Azalea Festival.
Simpson is happy to be back in his hometown of Wilmington and bringing in the Bryan Brothers and other tennis superstars to raise money for such important causes.
"This event is even more exciting than the McEnroe-Martin match". Says Simpson. "The Bryan Brothers are truly game changing athletes and great American ambassadors and role models. They are very current champions and the fans go crazy for them. They even have their signature "Chest Bump"! They are real entertainers on and off the court."
Their Dad, Wayne Bryan, was their coach growing up and he still works with them. He travels with them and is a talented and audience- pleasing emcee and manages the Youth Tennis Clinics at these fundraising events.
The day will culminate with a performance by the popular Bryan Brothers Band. "These guys are really great…they rock, they rap and the crowds love them." Says Simpson. The Bryan Bros. Band, with Mike on guitar and Bob on keyboards, has performed all of the country and to large audiences at the bigger tennis events including the big stage at the US Open. Their songs, including their hits "Autograph" and "Let it Rip" can be purchased on iTunes.
"We are really looking forward to coming to Wilmington. We love working with Lenny and especially supporting programs like his One Love Tennis." Says Bob Bryan from his home in Florida after being on tour with his brother in Asia. "We've seen the difference these kind of programs can make in young lives and communities all over the country."
"It's really great that the organizations benefiting from this event are totally in line with our mission in our Bryan Brothers Foundation." Adds his brother, Mike Bryan, home in Southern California. "Which is to promote the ideals of sports and emphasize the values of hard work and dedication."
"We will be ready for some of that historic southern hospitality and we will make sure that Wilmington has an exciting , fun day of more than just tennis!" Mike adds. "So follow us on Facebook and Twitter…we will be talking about it."
Tickets will go on sale at the UNCW Sports Box Office. Also check out www.bryanbros-onelove.org for more details.
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