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Recap: Serving Winners Gala And Pro-Am Tournament To Benefit Atlanta Youth Tennis And Education Foundation

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.

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

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. 

Jamie Hampton with guest. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Jamie Hampton with guest. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

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:

First Place 
Team “Icebox”
Jordy Gamson, Beth Bosworth, Sam Crenshaw (WXIA), Victor Valente
Runner Up 
Team “Gwinnett Hennessy”
Jennifer Kardian, Katie Kardian, Paul Goodloe (The Weather Channel), Eduardo Rincon

Jamie Hampton, John Bauchman, and Bobby Reynolds (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Jamie Hampton, John Bauchman, and Bobby Reynolds (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Third Place
Team “Caren West PR”
Rachel Stockman, Eric Hutt, Yvonne Monet, Natalie Pluskota
 
The Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) provides after-school and summertime programs that focus on three key elements of tennis instruction, a health and wellness program, and Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) curriculum. Formed in 2003, AYTEF has reached more than 3,500 youth ranging in ages 5 to 18 at 25 sites around metro Atlanta.

Jamie Hampton and Ron Royal (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Jamie Hampton and Ron Royal (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Brian Jordan ready to play. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Brian Jordan ready to play.
(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

John Bauchman with guest. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

John Bauchman with guest. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Matt Olson and Brian Jordan (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Matt Olson and Brian Jordan (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Bobby Reynolds (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Bobby Reynolds (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Jamie Hampton with the kids. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

Jamie Hampton with the kids. (Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

(Photo credit: Kelly Wachs)

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