The 43rd annual Childrenâ€™s Charities Tennis Classic is set for the weekend of Aug. 7 and 8 this year at the New Britain High School tennis courts with the goal of raising money and awareness for children with autism.
The event welcomes players of all skill levels and experiences ages 10 and older with 12 different divisions to play in. There are five divisions for experienced tennis players of different ages, four divisions for recreational players and three doubles divisions.
Entry fees are $20 for singles and $30 for doubles pairings with all of the money going directly to the Pediatric Autism Unit at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. The deadline to register is July 31.
â€śThis is a fun, family-friendly tournament with players of all levels participating,â€ť Don Lukowski, event founder and chairperson, said. â€śItâ€™s a great event and the Autism Unit of the Hospital for Special Care does much to help young people on the autism spectrum. It is a great facility, one of only a few in the entire country, with families from as far away as Alaska, seeking its services. Autism is a difficult disease, and through our tournament we work to bring a ray of hope and light to these special young people on the spectrum. I hope that many players turn out and support our cause! At our tournament, itâ€™s not how great your tennis game is, itâ€™s how great
your heart is.â€ť
The event has raised more than $168,000 over the last 42 years for a variety of childrenâ€™s hospital charities in New Britain. For more information and to download an entry form, please visit www.cctc-nb.org . Anyone interested in making a donation or sponsoring the event can contact Lukowski directly at DonL7533@aol.com.