Curtis McGee Pro-Am Has Most Successful Event in Five Years for the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast
CLEARWATER - In February, premiere trainer and fitness expert, Curtis McGee, hosted the Curtis McGee Pro-Am in conjunction with the 5th Annual Sheriff Jim Coat’s Clearwater Open to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast. The Pro-Amateur included 28 mixed doubles pairs consisting of 28 professional female tennis players and 28 male amateur players, at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater. The Pro-Am raised nearly $15,000, which is more than twice as much raised in 2008.
Kicking things off on Monday evening was William Floyd, FSU Alumnus and former two-time Super Bowl Champion, who also took the first serve of the day. As part of the fundraiser, people donated five dollars per serve to try and attempt to ace the Pro-Am players. They were even allowed to donate more money in the case of a double fault. Renowned Jazz artist Eric Darius opened up the tournament by playing a rendition of the National Anthem on the saxophone. There were also two books signings held by Kathy Woods author of Playing Tennis Over 50” and Ken Emery author of Create the Life You Deserve, his motivational book.
Players participated in five-minute rotations playing tie-breaker sets, with Motez Robinson Junior and partner Darija Jurak from Croatia winning the Pro-Am. After the tournament, dinner was served as Tyesha Williams, Orlando’s R&B and hip hop 2008 artist of the year, sang four of her most popular songs. The winners were then announced and prizes handed out. They received bracelets by Sheri Johnson “B Twisted”, custom hand-made necklaces, pro-am bags and gift certificates.
“Eric Darius and Tyesha Williams were absolutely spectacular with breathtaking performances,” commented Curtis McGee. “The caliber of girls that participated was by far the best group of girls we have ever had in the Pro-Am. The strong sponsorship resulted in the best financial benefits we have received in five years. I am looking forward to doing more events with Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast at the end of the year.”
Curtis McGee is a premiere trainer and fitness expert that has dedicated his life to sports and fitness. McGee has directly impacted the lives of thousands of clients through his dynamic skills and proven techniques of personal training. Corporations, sports teams, renowned medical doctors and elite athletes – most notably tennis superstar Anna Kournikova – as well as everyday people have sought after him.
Proceeds from the Curtis McGee Pro-Am will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast which serves more than 11,000 children in Pinellas County in after-school and summer programs that provide tutoring, self esteem building, social and leadership skills, abuse prevention, health and physical fitness and other life enhancing behaviors. The 5th Annual Sheriff Jim Coat’s Clearwater Open is one of only fourteen $50,000 events on the women’s USTA Pro Circuit Calendar, and attracts players on average from twenty different countries with rankings as high as fifty in the world on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
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