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Aim Higher Special Olympics Pro-Am Tournament In Miami


On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the community is invited to join Special Olympics of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties as they team up for the first time to host the “Aim Higher” Special Olympics Tennis Pro-Am Tournament. Guests will enjoy a day of tennis matches, entertainment, tennis clinics and many other activities as they raise awareness and funds for the 5,000 athletes served by the two organizations.

The tournament will consist of doubles matches between 20 top tennis professionals and their partners – one of 20 amateur players from across South Florida. A morning tennis clinic will be offered to all Special Olympics athletes.

“We are incredibly excited to have the top tennis professionals in the community supporting this event through their attendance and participation,” said Linsey Harris-Smith, Director of Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County. “While our guests will enjoy a high-end affair with premium open bar sponsored by Proximo Spirits, sumptuous lunch buffet provided by the Diplomat, silent auction and Olympic Village with DJ entertainment throughout the day, our larger goal is to build awareness for our mission and fans for our athletes.”

In addition to live DJ entertainment, the Olympic Village will feature tournament sponsor tents and a silent auction. LA Sweets will be providing dessert and Proximo Spirits will have a Three Olives Vodka lounge. Guests who donate $125 per person will receive a t-shirt and gift bag and will have VIP access to the hospitality tent with open bar and buffet lunch.


“We are truly excited to partner with Special Olympics of Miami Dade for this inaugural event,” said Linda Mills, Director of Special Olympics of Broward County. “This special event will help make our mission of making the joys and benefits of Special Olympics a reality to more and more athletes each year, and raise awareness about the organization throughout the South Florida community. Attendees should feel a great sense of fulfillment knowing that their ticket will not only provide entrance to a wonderful event but will also sponsor athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward County for year-round Special Olympics sports programs.”

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3:30 and a celebratory cocktail party.Aim-higher-tennis-tournament-231x300

The Special Olympics of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are chapters of Special Olympics Florida. The organizations provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both chapters offer participants a wide variety of sports, ranging from tennis, soccer and flag football to bowling, surfing and bocce.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Diplomat Tennis Club
501 Diplomat Parkway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Ph. 954-883-4444

TICKETS: General admission is free. VIP access is a $125 donation per person. For families of four (two adults, two children under 15), VIP access is $200. To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, click here.

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