St. Tammany Parish has no short supply of charity sporting events. Just about every weekend, there is a road race or a tournament of sorts that aims to aid a local cause.
One such event that I keep an eye on each year is the Cool Doctor Classic Tennis Tournament. That’s in part because the Christopher Condon Cool Doctor Foundation organizes the event, and also in part because young Christopher was a friend of my family before he lost his battle with cancer.
This year, the tournament will be April 16-19 at the Henry J. Calamari Tennis Center in Olde Towne Slidell, as well as the courts at Pinewood Country Club. Adult doubles brackets will be played in 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and open divisions. A singles bracket for junior players is also available.
As many as 60 doubles teams can be accommodated.
This will be the fourth year the tennis tournament will be held. Proceeds will benefit local students via scholarships who choose to study medicine with a focus on pediatric oncology in college.
Matches will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on April 16-17, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18-19. Cost is $40 for adults, and $30 for children and can be paid with cash, credit, or check.)
That registration fee covers a cochon de lait lunch, door prizes, drinks (including beer), tennis balls and a tournament T-shirt. A raffle will have tennis-related items up for grabs.
Christopher’s mom, Alison, said this year’s tournament carries special significance.
“This is the year that Christopher would have been graduating high school,” she said. “It’s important to us to be able to foster a love in our kids who want to study pediatric oncology and beat this disease.”
Sponsorships to help fund scholarships are being accepted. Tournament registration is ongoing, as well.
For information on sponsoring the Christopher Condon Cool Doctor Foundation, call (985) 640-3587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available online at www.cooldoctorfoundation.com.
Andrew Canulette covers recreation and leisure activities for the St. Tammany Advocate. To reach him, email email@example.com.