Spaghetti Feed and Tournament to Help Tennis Court Project

By Lura Jackson

 

The replacement of the Thomas DiCenzo Athletic Complex tennis courts is steadily progressing toward a reality as fundraising efforts by the Calais school tennis teams continue. The teams’ goal is to replace all three courts with a high quality Novacrylic Combination Surface, repair the fences, and add bleachers, a task that will cost an estimated $150,000.

In May, the Charles G. Wright Endowment for Humanity fund came forward to offer the project matching funds of $20,000. A tag sale held over a weekend in June and staffed by volunteers from the school teams netted the project $577. 

Those interested in helping the project and potentially scoring a high-performance racquet are invited to purchase tickets for an ongoing raffle. The first prize in the raffle is a Babolat Stars and Stripes racquet, valued at around $200. Babolat was the original inventor of the tennis string, and its racquets are used by some of the best players in the world today, including Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick. Second prize in the raffle is a case of 20 Penn tennis balls to keep the game going. The third prize is a neon green tennis club tee shirt. The raffle has a limited number of tickets; the drawing will be held when all tickets are sold.

If you enjoy spaghetti and like the idea of supporting the court replacement project, you can unite your two interests with a spaghetti supper on July 14th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. The event is sponsored by the Calais Varsity Tennis Teams and the Calais Tennis Middle High School Club. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the supper; donations will be accepted throughout the event for the project. Raffle tickets will also be available. 

If you’re a tennis player yourself, you can support the project by playing in a Downeast Tennis Classic Mixed Doubles Tournament on August 5-6, sponsored by the school varsity teams. Trophies will be awarded to first, second, and third places and tee-shirts can be purchased for an additional fee. To register, teams can fill out entrance forms located at the Calais City Hall, the Calais Recreation Building, or the Calais Community Thrift Store.

For more information about the events or to purchase raffle tickets, contact David Sivret at 214-4883 or e-mail at chsivret133@yahoo.com.