The Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary during its third annual Serving Winners Gala at Life Time Athletic at Peachtree Corners in Norcross, Georgia. This year marked the first expansion for the gala, which is entering its third year, to include a pro-am tennis tournament featuring an impressive mix of tennis pros and amateurs, local celebrities, and corporate sponsors.
To kick off the 10th anniversary celebration, tennis enthusiasts and AYTEF supporters were treated to a complimentary dinner buffet provided by the LifeCafe and placed bids on a silent auction featuring an array of prizes. As the night continued, guests were invited to gather in the main bar room for an awards program, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Hosted by WSB-TV Channel 2 anchor John Bachman, a number of special guests, including former Atlanta Brave, Brian Jordan, The Weather Channel host Paul Goodloe, and former NFL player Leigh Torrence, presented awards to the night’s honorees: The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Special Pops Tennis Board member Paula Sumple. Following the awards ceremony, a live auction took place and guests were invited to mix and mingle while DJ Yvonne Monet provided the soundtrack to the evening. Lucky live auction winners headed home with prizes such as private tennis lessons from #26 worldwide ranked pro Jamie Hampton, a private tour of the WSB-TV studios with host John Bauchman, and so much more.
Rounding out the ceremony, ATP tennis pros, Bobby Reynolds and Jamie Hampton took the stage to present the night’s most anticipated award, The People’s Choice Award, to former Georgia Tech player, Sue Johnston, which honors a special female community leader, teaching professional, team captain, or volunteer.
The next morning, the first annual Serving Winners pro-am tennis tournament began, featuring an impressive mix of tennis pros and amateurs, local celebrities, and corporate sponsors, all competing for the coveted first place tournament award. Participating teams included Icebox, Gwinnett Hennessy, Caren West PR, Regions Bank, USTA Atlanta, and Sapient Nitro. Apart from the pro-am festivities, tennis pros Jamie Hampton and Bobby Reynolds returned to host a kids clinic, which showcased many of the much-needed contributions AYTEF brings to youth in the community. Throughout the morning, kids participated in drills where they learned valuable tips and tricks from pros to help improve their skills on the court.
Winners of the Serving Winners Pro-am Tournament included: