by By Agnes Hapka
POINT PLEASANT — Jack Fowler is hoping to motivate new generations of tennis players in the region, while raising funds for the Point Pleasant River Museum.
Fowler, director of the museum, has organized a tennis tournament for the evenings of August 15, 16 and 17, at the new high school tennis courts.
“This will be our fourth annual tennis tournament,” Fowler said. “It’s a fundraiser for the museum, and this year it’s also a dedication of the new high school tennis facility.”
The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 15, and those wishing to enter must register by Tuesday, August 13 at the museum.
Fowler said that the play will consist of singles, doubles and mixed doubles for both men and women.
“The divisions are under age 20, age 20 to 49, age 50 and over, and an open class. The cost is $15 per event with a max of two events for each player. Participants will receive a T-shirt when they check in to play.”
Fowler said that the tournament has been a success in previous years.
“It’s been profitable in the past, both because of the entry fees, and because people who come and watch also donate,” Fowler said.
He hopes that the tournament and the new courts will serve a dual purpose, to raise money for the museum, and to encourage local people to take up tennis again.
“Years ago tennis was a really active sport around here for the kids and for the adults,” Fowler said “What we want to do is revice tennis around here, get more young people involved.”
Fowler said he plans to hold clinics throughout the year.
“We want to organize some kind of youth tennis league and introduce them to the benefits of playing.”
He hopes to attract adults, as well.
“Back in the 80s we had a lot young couples involved in playing tennis,” Fowler said, adding that the game is a great stress-reliever.
Sponsor for the event is professional golfer, Brittany Lincicome, who has local ties.
“Brittany’s grandmother lives here in Point Pleasant,” Fowler said.
Fowler added that although Lincicome often comes back to the area, and enjoys tennis, she won’t be able to attend the event in person.
“She will be competing in the Solheim Cup Competition,” Fowler said, noting that the T-shirts will feature pictures of Lincicome.
The bottom line, Fowler said, is to raise money for the museum, but having fun is the next priority.
“It’s good exercise and good for everyone.”
Contact Jack Fowler at the Point Pleasant River Museum 304-674-0144. Mail applications to the Point Pleasant River Museum, P O Box 412, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.
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