Mexico City, September 21, 2005 – “I am especially pleased to see business and the private sector work together to help needy young people secure their place on the playing field. The funds donated today by the American Charity Tennis Classic, raised through the hard work of volunteers and athletes, will help Mexican youth achieve their potential and benefit society,” said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza.
During a mid-day ceremony at the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel, Ambassador Garza praised the businesses and private individuals who raised US $35,000 at the American Charity Tennis Classic on April 15. The Ambassador presented checks to four charities that help disadvantaged Mexican youth: Manos que Ayudan, Prendetenis, The United Way, and the Center for Learning and Integrated Development, which encourages athletic activities for orphans and the handicapped.
Ambassador Garza was joined by Miles and Lourdes Reynolds, the directors of the American Charity Tennis Classic; Roy Caple, Executive Director of Public Affairs at the HBSC Bank; Phillip Barnett and Ren Nichols, director and co-director of the American Charity; Beverly Hall, director of the United Way; Father Enrique Diaz Fernandez, director of Manos que Ayudan; Dr. Gregorio Katz, the director of the Center for Learning and Integrated Development; and Fernando Solano of Prendetenis.
The American Charity Tennis Classic was held this year at the Reforma Athletic Club. Sponsors included the HSBC Bank; Deportes Martí, Amer Sports, Delphi, José Cuervo, Nova Grass, ISAT Communications, CABI Investments, Mexicana de Aviación, Procter & Gamble, Thorlo, Mirage America, Promo Bus, and Estrategia Integral.
Organized in 1996 by members of the American and Mexican tennis community, the American Charity Tennis Classic and its predecessor, the Golf and Tennis Classic, have raised more than USD $900,000 to help 11,318 children in Mexico City reach their potential both on and off the playing field.