Thanks to all who played in and sponsored the Kelly Elkins State Farm Hallowheel charity tennis tournament, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2015, at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center in Baton Rouge. Through your participation and generosity, we raised $17,059 to help offset expenses of the 2016 Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament that will be held March 16-20 in Baton Rouge.
Click here to see a great album of pictures by Megan Ousset!
Thanks to Scott and Lisa Raiford of Baton Rouge who competed in the Up-Down Division. Lisa was a member of the 2.5 Women’s team, based at Highland Park, that won the USTA 2.5 Women’s Nationals in California, and Scott took up tennis after Lisa encouraged him to join her on the courts. Teaching professional Carlos Roldan worked with Scott to prepare him for Hallowheel. Thanks, also to the 11 other wheelchair players who joined us for Hallowheel, several traveling from Mississippi and north Louisiana.
Special thanks to our Sponsors and Donors!
Kelly Elkins State Farm
Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Association (BRWTA)
Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Commission (BREC)
Employment Development Services and BRWTA
Chris Brantley and Premier Construction Group
Louisiana Representative Scott Simon, District 74
Tex Morris, Edwards Jones Investments
Food and Drink Sponsors / Donors
Direct Primary Software (Rusty and Stacia Welch), Friday lunch for volunteers / setup
Louisiana Lagniappe and Superior Van & Mobility (Stephen Angelloz), Friday night fish fry
Dunkin’ Donuts, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts
Cortana Kiwanis Club, Saturday jambalaya lunch
Louis DeAngelo’s Casual Italian Dining (Bluebonnet location), Saturday night party
City Cafe, Sunday lunch
Emily and Hunter Greene / Marsha and Rusty Jabour, cakes and desserts
Capitol City Produce
Wheelchair Repair Station
“Pit Boss” Lynn Serio
Community Cup Series Sponsor
Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association (GBRCTA)
Player Gift Items, Printing and Other Valuable Support
American Business Systems (Ken Rish)
Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Visit Baton Rouge
WBRZ-TV, Channel 2
Peak Physical Therapy
State Senator Mack “Bodi” White, District 6
State Senator Gary L. Smith, District 19
State Representative Steve Carter, District 68
State Representative Franklin J. Foil, District 70
Ryan Dornier (Saturday night party deejay)
The Kelly Elkins State Farm Hallowheel charity tennis tournament was one of the most unique and inspiring tournaments in the United States. Our primary goal was to raise funds to help support the Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament while showcasing wheelchair tennis in the midst of a traditional tennis tournament. Hallowheel featured a main draw of traditional men’s and women’s doubles and included a separate “Up-Down” draw where 12 wheelchair players partnered with able-bodied players in doubles competition. It was a great inaugural tournament, despite rains on Saturday and Sunday, and the 2016 Hallowheel tournament will be held Oct. 28-30 at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center in Baton Rouge.
Visit the 2016 Cajun Classic page here