| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

On April 6 at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC), nearly 70 participants teamed up to fight against Gastrointestinal Esophageal Cancer (GE) and help Tennis Saves raise funds and awareness for this vicious disease.

Jason Speirs, founder of Tennis Saves, Director of Tennis at RIRC, and USPTA Metropolitan president, organized an evening of fun, food and prizes. Between sign-ups, donations and a silent auction, Tennis Saves raised nearly $5,000 for the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA).

“It’s so good to finally do something meaningful that is not only dedicated to my late father who lost his battle with GE cancer, but to finally do something that can make a difference,” said Speirs.

As close to home as this event was, amongst the crowd, there were several cancer survivors taking part in the event. Aside from the fun on the court, off the court, and in the Clubhouse, there were trivia questions, light music and fabulous food, thanks to the sponsors, Advantage Tennis Clubs, the USPTA, the USTA, Prince, Riverwalk Bar & Grill, Nonno’s Focacceria and Loriet.

"This has to be one of the most fun and smoothest charity events I have ever been to," said Brian Galgay, president of the ECAA.

With little preparation, Brian was convinced to play in the Pro/Am Worst Team Tournament, and was victorious!

Tennis Saves’ premier event was able to use the power of tennis to make a difference. Many thanks to the staff, sponsors and participants for presenting an evening that those on hand will never forget. Be on the lookout for future events organized by Tennis Saves soon to be announced.

Credit all photos to Adam Wolfthal