Big-hearted tennis nuts play all night to raise cash for Children’s Hospital

Arvada Tennis Center staffers Crystal Messer, left, and Michele Crouse, right, present a check to Children

The first-ever Extreme 24-Hour Tennis Marathon took place on August 27-28 at the Arvada Tennis Center…and on September 29, Arvada Tennis Center staff delivered a check for $1,168 to the oncology unit at Children’s Hospital.

Great community support and plenty of enthusiastic players contributed to the event’s success. Players signed up to be on teams of 12 to 50 to allow for players to rotate on and off the courts in shifts throughout the night. Some teams played longer or shorter shifts according to their preference, but the marathon went from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday, ending with a celebratory dinner.

“We had so much fun – I never realized how short the evening actually is,” said Michele Crouse, Arvada Tennis Center coordinator. “We also had fantastic community support from businesses providing food, discounted products and prizes.”

Sponsors included Jiffy’s Hot Dogs, Fazoli’s, Lamar’s Donuts and Einsteins Bagels; (food for the participants), TJ Sportswear (discounts on T-Shirts) Heritage College Students (free massages). Prize donors were Applebees-Westminster & Arvada; Marsha Clark, Massage Therapist; Sheer Expressions-Pam Sanelli; Westwoods Golf Course; Indian Tree Golf Course; Apex Center; Greg Drake, USPTA Tennis Instructor/Arvada Tennis Center; Jumpin Jordy’s; Arvada Tennis Center; Hairstyle Happenings-Deb; Arvada Chiropractic; and Old Chicago.

The idea for the event was proposed a couple of years ago by a player, and this year the ATC decided to give it a go. They tapped into player, sponsor and community enthusiasm, along with an energetic staff and planning committee: Greg Drake, Crystal Messer, Chris Weyer, Kristin Snyder, Nic Ulibarri, Michele Crouse and all the Arvada Tennis Center employees. They far surpassed their first-year goal, which was to host the event at no cost.
“The new Children’s Hospital truly is an amazing place that has touched many people’s lives,” said Michele after the check presentation. She and the staff at Children’s are looking forward to next year’s Extreme 24-Hour Tennis Marathon.