NEW BRITAIN - Every summer Newington boys tennis head coach Don Lukowski holds a tournament to raise money for various pediatric hospital charities in New Britain.
In a matter of weeks, the Children’s Charities Tennis Classic will get ready to hold its 41st annual tournament. The tournament will benefit the Pediatric Autism Center Project and Programs of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain with 100% of all entry fees and donations are given directly to the hospital.
The Classic will take place the weekend of Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at the New Britain High School tennis courts. The event, a Junior Charity Tennis Tournament, is open to all junior players ages 10 through adult.
“This is a fun, family-friendly tournament with players of all levels participating,” said Lukowski, whose tournament has raised more than $160,000. “It’s a great event and the Pediatrics Autism Unit of the Hospital for Special Care does much to help those young people on the autism spectrum. I hope that many young players turn out and support our cause. At our tournament, it’s not how great your tennis game is, it’s how great your heart is.”
There are several divisions, for both middle and high school players, including a parent/child division. Entry fees are $20 for singles and $20 per doubles team. The first 40 players to register will receive a free tournament t-shirt and Gatorade.
Anyone who would like to donate or become a sponsor can contact Lukowski at DonL7533@aol.com
For more information and to download an entry form, please visit the tournament website at www.CCTC-NB.org or contact Lukowski at DonL7533@aol.com.