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BOULDER - The ninth annual Tennis Marathon for Breast Cancer will take place this Saturday, August 16 at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center located at the Millennium Harvest House.

The Tennis Marathon begins at 8 a.m. and will play rotations until 5 p.m.  A celebrity match will follow from 5-6 p.m. with dinner beginning approximately at 6 p.m.

“Events of our nature rely so much on the local support of our businesses and I cannot thank Gary Geis at Great Western Bank enough for his support of this event,” University of Colorado tennis coach Nicole Kenneally said. “We have many local businesses who have been involved over the years and it’s just tremendous of the support they provide."

Known as the ‘tennis event of the year in Boulder’ the Tennis Marathon For Breast Cancer is in its ninth year and has made significant strides in its fundraising.  In 2005, the first year of the event, it raised $7,000 with over 100 tennis participants. Sponsorship opportunities were introduced during the second year of the event with a title sponsor in position each year.

The event has grown with participant numbers rising to 250 for the one day event along with the one day high total being $23,000 raised.  Over the eight years of the event it has raised over $120,000.

The Tennis Marathon For Breast Cancer is partnered with the Boulder Community Health Foundation, and the event donations benefit the BCH – Tebo Family Medical Pavilion. We help families in Boulder County and surrounding communities with testing, deal with the expenses that may not be covered with insurance, or with basic family expenses to help them through the tough times.

The event has been supported unbelievably by local businesses from food to clothing to tennis equipment to services and supplies. The Tennis Marathon staff is deeply indebted to the continued dedication of these businesses to this event. The first year of the event took place at the CU South Tennis Courts and then, due to the size of the event, it was moved to the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center Boulder at the Millennium Harvest House. 

The expenses for the event are minimal with the only costs being the participant event gift and some electrical equipment for the dinner.

The Tennis Marathon For Breast Cancer was started by Kenneally in support of several players’ families who had been affected by this condition. Kenneally begins her 16th season with the Buffs and continues the transition of the program into the toughest women’s tennis conference in the country – the Pac-12.  She ranks second in wins all-time on the CU women’s tennis coaching list.

The Tennis Marathon has become a community event and all who are involved in the event have seen its growth, as well as, all the support it has received by the community.  The wish is for the event to continue growing and helping families in need with assistance when necessary.

If anyone would like to stop by the event on Saturday, please visit the Pro Shop side of the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center, the event headquarters.

Questions on the event should be directed to Nicole Kenneally at (303) 998-1273.