International tennis in Marble Falls

Little ol’ Marble Falls, Texas and its surrounding communities have the chance to have a world-class international tennis center. Some of us last night played in or helped host an event for the Andy Roddick Foundation‘s First Annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament.  The Daybreak Rotary Club of Marble Falls provided help for registration and refreshments while Rotarian John Arthur Martinez (himself a tennis star of years past) provided musical entertainment during the social hour prior to commencement of play by some very serious poker players.

The goal locally of the ARF is to build a super tennis center that will create a teaching and playing opportunity for area youth. There is a lot of tennis in the Highland Lakes as can be seen from the Highland Lakes Tennis site.  Some details follow below.

If you don’t follow tennis, you need to know that Roddick is ranked internationally (#6 at the moment) and is the leader of the U.S. Davis Cup team going into the first matches next week. The center envisioned for the Castlerock Texas area sandwiched between Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay will be a tremendous resource for underprivileged kids and all the youth playing tennis in the area, as well as providing an international destination for the area.

Andy’s parents and brother were present for the event last night and everyone appeared to be having a great time. Much work remains to be done but the goals are worth everyone’s efforts and contributions.

The fund-raiser and goals were talked about on the ARF page (note: original date of November as discussed in the article had to be changed):

Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

September 29, 2008

The Andy Roddick Foundation announced that it will host the First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 6PM at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Marble Falls, Texas (501 Highway 2147, Marble Falls, TX 78654) to help raise funds to build the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas.

“Our goal is to raise significant funds to begin building the ARF International Tennis Center, said David Holder, Director of Fund Raising for the ARF International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas. We are really excited about the Texas Hold’Em tournament, and looking forward to a successful event,” added Holder.

The ARF International Tennis Center, which is planned to sport a retractable shading system as well as the greenest building practices, will serve as the hub training facility for the Andy Roddick Foundation Youth Tennis Programs from around the world. The ARF provides at risk youth the opportunity to learn the game of tennis and to compete on local, state and national levels. The programs will combine weekly tennis instruction, mentoring for college, and nutritional counseling to help eliminate the crisis of diabetes and obesity among the youth of America.

Top ranked American tennis star Andy Roddick, 26, founded his foundation at the young age of 17 when he realized that he was in a position to positively influence the lives of many children. On October 3, 2007, his foundation implemented his youth tennis program in San Antonio in cooperation with the Rene Lacoste Foundation, The USTA Tennis and Education Fund, Our Lady of the Lake University and The Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. On June 2, 2008 the foundation launched the first tennis program in the Hill Country in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes.

A donation to the Andy Roddick Foundation of only $250.00 gets you a seat to play in the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, and Texas size bragging right for the winner!

Texas Hold’Em tournament first-place prize will be for two complimentary tickets to see Sir Elton John in a private concert in Austin, Texas with Andy Roddick and friends. The second-place winner will receive two tickets to the U.S. OPEN in New York, NY and the third-place winner receives a flat screen television.

Please help us continue our efforts to help Andy’s children by becoming a corporate sponsor of the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, donating a silent auction item or by playing in this exciting event. You may sign up in the proshop online or for further information or to sign up to play contact David Holder, Director of Fund Raising at (830) 832.2799 or daveholder@andyroddick.com. You may also mail entry fee in the amount of $250.00 per player to David Holder, Andy Roddick Foundation, P.O. Box 8040 Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Please make check payable to the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Via http://www.andyroddick.com/charity-news/2008/09/29/charity-texas-hold%e2%80%99em-poker-tournament/ (accessed 3/1/09)

and also

bizjournals.com: Andy Roddick Foundation building tennis center

December 17, 2007

The Andy Roddick Foundation wants to help perfect the tennis moves of young people through a planned tennis center in the Texas Hill Country.

The Roddick foundation, along with CastleRock Texas, the city of Cottonwood Shores and the Marble Falls Community Tennis Association, are working on building an $8.2 million tennis complex on Ranch Road 2147 in Cottonwood Shores.

The building, named the Andy Roddick Foundation International Tennis Center, will serve as a training ground for the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program, which gives at-risk youth the opportunity to learn the game and compete.

Click here to read the full article at bizjournals.com.

Via http://www.andyroddick.com/from-the-net/2007/12/17/bizjournalscom-andy-roddick-foundation-building-tennis-center/ (accessed 3/1/09)

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About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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