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US Open Playoffs-Florida Charity Fundraiser

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BENEFITING: USTA FLORIDA SECTION FOUNDATION INC

EVENT DATE: May 26, 2012

Rick Vach

THE STORY:

Hello friend/family member/acquaintance and/or future friend because you have given me money,

I'm playing the US Open Playoffs-Florida tennis tournament at the end of May, and am using the two weeks leading up to the event to raise money for two charities.

"Now wait a minute," you say to yourself, "How can you raise money playing a tennis tournament? That's un-possible."

Excusing your awful grammar, it is possible, and I'm raising money on a games-played basis for the event. For example, if you donated $3 per game played, and I get thumped 6-0, 6-0 in the first round (a looming possibility), then you'll have donated $36. Game over, and you've done a great deed for charity.

To donate on a game-per-game basis, list your per-game donation in the comments section of Facebook here, and I will hunt you down afterwards for payment: http://www.facebook.com/events/446961175332508/?context=create#!/events/446961175332508/permalink/446962501999042/
To donate a lump sum, go here: http://www.crowdrise.com/USOpenPlayoffs-FloridaCharity

What charity, you ask? My fundraising efforts will benefit two charities -- USTA Serves, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association's national body, and the USTA Florida Section Foundation, the giving arm of USTA Florida. These charities grant funding to support programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education, as well as other opportunities to keep kids and adults active.

See the accompanying photo? That's me with some kids from the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation in Jacksonville, just one of the many organizations that receive funding to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble, and instead involved in programs where they study, stay active, and learn life skills that help them overcome very tough circumstances. Many of these kids in the program, and similar programs like it in cities across the U.S. that receive funding, become the first from their family to graduate high school or attend college.

I was actually the first person from my family to graduate college, so I know what it is to receive opportunities, take advantage of opportunities, and achieve dreams. My dream was actually to stay in college -- forever -- and not have to enter the real world, but I graduated. Sure I was on the six-year plan, but I graduated (or was asked to leave, it's kind of a hazy memory) and was thankful they didn't print my GPA on the diploma.

Now just imagine if we all gave to charity like we wish we did.

A year ends, and we think, "I wish I gave more to charity this year." How much have you donated to charity thus far in 2012?

I know you, and you're better than that. Well, I might not KNOW you, but I know you're a good person. Again, I might not KNOW you're a good person, but I'm sure you are. Your mother thinks so. So donate, right now, even if it's a small amount.

So give it up, the final amount will be minimal in terms of games played. I'm a broken-down almost-50-year-old man, and this event is populated by a bunch of college studs and highly-ranked juniors and players intent on making it to the ACTUAL US Open (which you can do if you win a regional event and then the national event).

Now I could hire a coach and start eating right and join a gym and undergo a massive training regimen, but that would cost thousands of dollars and probably cost lives in the process, so the majority of my training will be in the arm and shoulder region as I continually open the refrigerator door to get another beverage. Hydration is important.

So short story -- I'm going to get spanked, it will be a one-and-done appearance, so pony-up -- if times are tight, then donate $1 per game I play, but donate SOMETHING. I'll literally be sweating it out for charity, and if there are no children in sight, swearing it out for charity while some 16-year-old kid from a tennis academy mops the court with me. And if it is 95 degrees during the tournament in late May (which would mean 110 degrees on the hardcourts), maybe throwing up for charity.

But please, join me in this magical journey that will begin on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Clearwater, Fla. And probably also conclude on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Clearwater, Fla. Nevertheless, I'll be blogging to keep donors updated on my preparation and progress and various injuries and fast food stops. I read in Andre Agassi's bio that he ate a lot of McDonald's in his early years on the tour. If it's good enough for Andre...

So donate. You'll feel good about yourself, we'll all feel good about ourselves, we'll feel good about you. Thanks for giving and helping others during these tough economic times.

To donate on a game-per-game basis, list your per-game donation in the comments section of Facebook here, and I will hunt you down afterwards for payment: http://www.facebook.com/events/446961175332508/?context=create#!/events/446961175332508/permalink/446962501999042/
To donate a lump sum, go here: http://www.crowdrise.com/USOpenPlayoffs-FloridaCharity
 

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$270

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rick Vach

    $75

  • Jodi

    $25

  • Rob and Violet Deen

    $25

  • Doug Booth

    $100

  • J Lo

    $20

  • Judy Foster

    $25

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14% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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The Team: $270 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Rick Vach

Amount Raised

$270

 

14% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Doug Booth

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Judy Foster

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Donor Comments

Judy Foster

Judy Foster

DONATION: $25

In loving memory of my daughter, Shannon, who loved tennis and died at age 19., 5 years ago

J Lo

J Lo

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Doug Booth

Doug Booth

DONATION: $100

Go Rick. Play Well. 5 years ago

Rob and Violet Deen

Rob and Violet Deen

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Jodi

Jodi

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Rick Vach

Rick Vach

DONATION: $75

5 years ago