FIRST BREAK ACADEMY’S LOS ANGELES TENNIS BASH AT KRAMER CLUB ON DECEMBER 9
Veteran Stars and Contemporary Pros Come Together At a Clinic and Benefit to Raise Money for Academy
The historic Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates plays host to this year’s Los Angeles Tennis Bash on the morning of Saturday, December 9, with a series of clinics and games for juniors and adults to raise money for SoCal-based First Break Academy.
Both veteran Hall of Fame stars and top-ranked contemporary names will be on hand for the event. The lineup includes 22-time Grand Slam champion and First Break benefactor Pam Shriver, and two-time US Open women’s singles champion and former world No. 1 Tracy Austin, as well as current WTA pros Shelby Rogers and Nicole Gibbs and current ATP pros Steve Johnson, Jared Donaldson, Taylor Fritz and Bradley Klahn. Other players involved: Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Kimberly Po, former top 10 doubles player and current Kramer Club director of tennis Jeff Tarango and former WTA pro and current Pepperdine women’s assistant coach Lauren Embree.
As its name suggests, First Break Academy gives children an initial experience with tennis while also allowing for other forms of play. “For the past few years, First Break Academy has brought children to tennis who might otherwise not have been exposed to the sport,” says Shriver. “Multi-sport play like basketball is merged into early tennis instruction with great success. it’s a win-win model.”
In addition to competitive tennis games for all levels of play, Los Angeles Tennis Bash also features a Hard Racquet Demo Court, MultiSport Kid Zone, lunch and a silent auction.
First Break Academy’s Executive Director Peggy Bott is grateful for the contributions of this year’s renowned volunteers, and she has her eye on the organization’s future. “We have made tremendous strides in a short time,” she says, “and wish to build and continue to fund scholarships for dedicated youth who attend our tennis and learning programs.”
To register for LA Tennis Bash 2017, go to www.first1break.com. Tickets are $75 for adults and $40 for juniors (17 and under) and spectators are $35, which includes lunch and the silent auction access. Levels of sponsorships include: Champion ($1,500), Finalist ($750), Semifinalist ($500), Quarterfinalist ($250) and Friend ($50), and auction items exceeding $100 are also being accepted.