Inaugural Event Presented by Emilio Sanzhez Vicario & Special Olympics Florida (Collier)
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County has announced its 1st annual “Emilio Sanchez Special Olympics – Legends. Pros. Music” event to be held Thursday evening April 5, 2018, at the Academia Sanchez-Casal (Naples Bath & Tennis Club) from 7pm-10pm. Tennis legends, and top star Special Olympics Florida tennis athletes will play, along with a night of upbeat hit music and a special musical guest. Award-Winning Pop Artist Romero Britto has licensed the official event image for Special Olympics Florida.
The evening will see a special tennis match between legends in the world of tennis and an interactive match with the top Special Olympics Florida tennis stars. Guest will be treated upon arrival to a special “EmilioTini” drink, named after tennis legend and host Emilio Sanchez Vicario. Guests will enjoy a night under the stars of tennis, “EmilioTinis”, hors d’oeuvres and a special live musical performance by noted new singing artist Caitlin McGrath, singing her VEVO hit “Fuel To My Fire”. Great music will abound all evening with Miami’s DJ Chilly.
“We are incredibly excited to celebrate the achievements of our over 2000 athletes, dedicated volunteers & coaches in Collier County while showing gratitude to them and our community partners,” says David McKenzie, Director, Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The Emilio Sanchez Special Olympics event will be a really fun evening that honors these stellar Special Olympics athletes and the great tennis legend Emilio Sanchez.”
Before the live musical performance, the event will feature a live auction of special items, including a week-long stay at Mr. Sanchez’s academy in Spain.
Moran Edwards Asset Management Group is the title sponsor of the inaugural event. Tickets are available at specialolympicsflorida.org/collier/ or by calling Special Olympics Florida (Collier) at (239) 775-1991. Pricing is $85 per ticket with a special advanced pricing offer available. Ticket money will directly go to funding athletes in Collier County with intellectual disabilities for one year of sports training and competition.
Guests and community partners in attendance will include title sponsor Moran Edwards Asset Management Group; media partner eBella Magazine, Sports Council of Collier County, Arthrex and Inn at Pelican Bay, to name a few.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.
Tournament namesake and 1977 Wimbledon Women’s Doubles Champion JoAnne Russell to play
Academia Sánchez-Casal (ASC) at 2035 Sánchez-Casal Way is hosting this year’s Les Grandes Dames JoAnne Russell Cup through February 24. This year’s event was awarded new status as USTA SUPER CATEGORY II and features approximately 80-plus players in thirteen age divisions ages 40 through 80 that include singles and doubles play. On Friday, February 23 the match of the day will be played at 4pm with tournament specials and cash bar open the public. Finals will be played on Saturday, February 24 from 9am on.
1977 Wimbledon Women’s Doubles champion and tournament namesake JoAnne Russell and her doubles partner Terry Solins will defend their title in their age group. In the finals last year Russell/Solins defeated Foulk/Savitt 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. JoAnne is a true ambassador and advocate for tennis who lives in Naples year round. We are very fortunate to have a gracious champion in our midst. Her commitment, positive energy, passion and love for tennis is always evident. Not to mention her infectious smile. JoAnne and her partner Helen Gourlay Cawley won Wimbledon Women’s Doubles in 1977 winning the first round against Chris Evert and Rosie Casals then winning the final against Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove 6-3, 6-3.
The Sánchez-Casal Academy, located in Naples, FL offers top class training at facilities in three Continents; USA, Europe and China. Conveniently located at the former Naples Tennis Club & Resort, one of Tennis Magazine’s best tennis resorts in the world, Academia Sanchez-Casal – Naples, offers players from the USA and around the world the same top class junior training program that has made ASC – Barcelona one of the world leading academies.
ASC is a 38-court facility (35 clay and 3 hard courts), along with a state of the art fitness center, complete boarding facilities and a staff directed by top Spanish, US and International coaches, all trained under the Academia Sanchez-Casal system and philosophy. For local residents, ASC offers private membership to the ASC Club that includes complete access to the social center that includes an Olympic size pool, full gym and social and tennis year-round activities. Please call 239.263.1818 for more information.
Seeded players are as follows:
Top single seeds – Women’s Singles
40’s – (1) Corinna Bode (Rye, NY)
50’s – (1) Heather Herman (Severna Park, MD)
(2) Daniela Esswein (North Palm Beach, FL)
60’s – (1) Patricia Purcell (Saint Louis, MO)
(2) Bunnie Allare (Waynesville, NC)
(3) Janet Moseley (Elkin, NC)
(4) Suzanne Lippe-Siegler (Boca Raton, FL)
70’s – (1) Susan Kimball (Oak Bluffs, MA)
(2) Gwenda Ward (Ocala, FL)
(3) Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL)
(4) Toni Novack (Charlotte, NC)
Top doubles seeds – Women’s Doubles
55’s – (1) Caroline Cerniglia (Annapolis, MD) (2) Diane Burwen (Naples, FL)
Lynn Taylor (Timonium, MD) Eileen Reynolds (Naples, FL)
60’s – (1) Abbi Neuthaler (Chappaqua, NY) (2) Bunnie Allare (Waynesville, NC)
Patricia Purcell (Saint Louis, MO) Betsy Savitt (Atlantis, FL)
70’s – (1) Susan Kimball (Oak Bluffs, MA) (2) Carol Clay (Ft. Laudardale, FL)
Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL) Ellen Goodman (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
75’s – (1)
We invite members of the media to cover the event. Requests for interviews and site access can be addressed to Brad Branson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 832.584.4860. For general tournament information please visit tennislink.usta.com – Tournament ID # 150011718
TICKET PURCHASE INFO: ADMISSION AND PARKING IS FREE. MAIN BAR MENU AND CASH BAR AVAILABLE ON SITE DAILY
Germain BMW of Naples
John R. Wood Properties
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Cosmos Cafe & Pizzeria
DeVoe Family Business Consulting
PGA Tour Superstore
A special night. Enjoy an “EmilioTini” drink upon arrival and savor an evening of good company at this social with your host, tennis legend Emilio Sanchez. Tennis played by legends & pros in tennis, Special Olympics Florida tennis athletes, cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres and a very special musical performance.
April 5th, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Entrance: Naples Bath & Tennis Club
2035 Sanchez-Casal Way, Naples
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ITF MEN’S PRO CIRCUIT
January 5, 2018 – January 14, 2018
ITF Men’s Pro Circuit will take place January 5-14, 2018.
- Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida
2035 Sanchez-Casal Way
Naples, Florida 34105 + Google Map