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Conrad Weiser Hits for Hope tennis tourney starts today

The Conrad Weiser Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament has set another record with 313 participants in 37 different draws of all ages and ability levels signed up to play in the 13th edition of the tournament to benefit the IM Able Foundation.

The tournament starts today and runs through Sunday at the Conrad Weiser Tennis Facility,  which was named last year as the 2023 USTA National Educational Facility of the Year. Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament runs every day and evening from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Conrad Weiser, ELCO and Tulpehocken.

According to the event’s organizers, it is the largest tennis tournament in Pennsylvania and the third largest on the East Coast.

The tournament has averaged between 230-313 players each year for the last 12 years and has raised more than $70,000 for 12 different charities since 2011.

In addition to the tennis during the week, Saturday evening will feature Hits for Hope Night of Champions at 7:30 p.m., which includes the donation to IM Able Foundation as part of the ceremony and also includes the Merv Heller Memorial Scholarship and BCTA Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame induction in addition to marquee night matches.

The Berks County Tennis Association announced the honorees for the BCTA Night of Champions Gala/Awards The announcement includes the Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024 which includes former multi-time county champion, former Division 1 athlete and current coach at the University of Charlotte Kyle Bailey. Bailey lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The second inductee, Whitney Simcik, was a multiple time county and district champion in the late 1990s at Exeter and played at the University of Connecticut in addition to a very successful USTA Adult League career.

The BCTA will also honor its recipients for the BCTA Merv Heller Memorial Scholarship, which honors Heller, the former USTA National president from Wyomissing. The 2024 recipients are Conrad Weiser standout Emma Perkins and Reading High standout Zachary Schrader from Reading High.

The BCTA Berks High School players of the year will also be honored with Perkins winning the award for a record typing fourth straight year for the girls and Armaan Malik, also from Conrad Weiser, earning the boys player of the year award.

Antietam Head Coach Bill McClain will be honored as the BCTA Community Aces Award winner for his dedication and work toward inspiring his  Antietam boys and girls teams the past year after the devastating floods last July ravaged the school district.

Hits for Hope Tournament schedule

At Conrad Weiser Tennis Facility, Robesonia

Monday, June 10

4 p.m. — Hits for Hope 10U Tournament Red Bull 36’.

6:30 p.m. —  Hits for Hope 10U Tournament 60’ Orange Ball

Tuesday, June 11

8 a.m. —  Junior Draws: Preliminary Round Play

4 p.m. —  Family Draws: Preliminary Round

6 p.m. —  Coach/Player Draws: Full Event (Round Robin play)

Wednesday, June 12

8 a.m. — Junior Draws: Round of 16 / Quarter-Final Round Play

4 p.m. —  Family Draws: QF/SF/Final Round Play

4 p.m. —  Adult Draws: Preliminary Round Play

Thursday, June 13

8 a.m. — Junior Draws: Semi-Final/ Final Round Play

2 p.m. —  Adult Draws: Prelim Round Play & Family Draw Finals

Friday, June 14

8 a.m. —  Junior Draws: Finals – Doubles/Mixed Doubles

2 p.m. —  Adult Draws – Prelim Round Play

Saturday,  June 15

8 a.m. —  Adult Draws: Round 32 & Quarter-Final Round Play

7:30 p.m. —  Night of Champions Gala & Awards presented by BCTA

9 p.m. —  Marquee Night Matches – after Night of Champions

Sunday, June 16

8 a.m. —  Adult Draws – Semi-Final & Final Round Play.

Source: Berkshire mont

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