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2019 Tenacity Paddle Classic

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2019 Tenacity Paddle Classic

Are you ready to rally to help thousands of Boston students achieve their dreams?

The Tenacity Paddle Classic is a special day of challenging team-based play centered at Brae Burn and Wellesley Country Clubs. Teams comprised of doubles pairs, all ages, all levels of play, men and women, will compete to take home the champion title while also challenging one another in raising funds to support Tenacity students and programs. The competitions on and off the court will be intense, memorable, rewarding. Together, we’ll be reminded that the GAME of paddle can SET students up for success in LIFE. This unique paddle and fundraising competition will take place at Brae Burn and Wellesley Country Clubs on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Your support will help our students access opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise have. So what do you say? Are you up for the challenge of helping us transform the lives of less-advantaged Boston youth?

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By submitting an application to participate as a player in the Tenacity Paddle Classic you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions. Each player application will be reviewed by a Player Council to ensure that teams will have a balance of abilities and fundraising capabilities to support success for the Tenacity mission and funding of student programs. If the Player Council determines the player applicant is a good fit, the applicant will be invited to officially join a team and begin fundraising.

Dear Prospective Tenacity Paddle Classic Player, We want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Paddle Classic to help Tenacity students. We also want you to know that we’re counting on you and want you to understand the help we need from you. Please read the following carefully before submitting your application.

Fundraising Commitment

By participating as a player in the Tenacity Paddle Classic, you are committing to raise at least $1,000. The $1,000 minimum is due by October 26, 2019. While this is the minimum commitment required to participate, we encourage all players to aim for higher goals. Remember that all of the money raised helps provide the tools and support necessary to ensure a brighter future for less advantaged students in Boston. You can do it!! Tenacity expects that 25% of your stated fundraising goal will be raised by September 15, 2019, 50% by September 30, 2019, 75% by October 15, 2019, and 100% by October 26, 2019. You will be reminded of these goals during the course of the coming months. Every player who is accepted must provide a valid credit card to participate. The Tenacity Paddle Classic requires all players to set up a personal fundraising page on our peer-to-peer fundraising platform. Not only does this provide a secure and easy place for your supporters to make online donations, you will have access to email templates and other tools that will help make reaching out to potential supporters as well as thanking supporters once they donate, simple and convenient. Plus the platform lets you see progress towards your fundraising goal at a glance and keeps track of all of your donors and their donations. You’ll have until October 26, 2019 to reach the minimum $1,000 fundraising commitment. If you’re not able to reach the minimum commitment by that time, your credit card will be charged the difference. Tenacity will continue to accept donations after October 26, 2019.

Tenacity Paddle Classic Player Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a player in the Tenacity Paddle Classic and will email you the 2019 Tenacity Paddle Classic Player Contract Agreement that you will sign, copy for your records, and send back to us. When this has been processed, your position as a player in the Tenacity Paddle Classic is secured.

Setting Up your Fundraising Page

Tenacity will provide support every step of the way in getting your personal fundraising page set up. We will also happily assist you with any questions or issues that may arise. The best person to contact for fundraising page support is our Director of Marketing and Communications, Brandon Andrusic: brandonandrusic@tenacity.org.

By submitting an application to participate as a Captain in the Tenacity Paddle Classic you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions. Each Captain application will be reviewed by a Player Council to ensure that teams will have a balance of abilities and fundraising capabilities to support success for the Tenacity mission and funding of student programs. If the Player Council determines the Captain applicant is a good fit, the applicant will be invited to officially assume leadership of a team.

Dear Prospective Tenacity Paddle Classic Team Captain, We want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Paddle Classic to help Tenacity students. We also want you to know that we’re counting on you and want you to understand the help we need from you. Please read the following carefully before submitting your application.

Responsibilities:

1. Fundraising Commitment: As a Captain, you’ll lead team fundraising efforts to exceed a team goal of at least $15,000 and provide encouragement to help your players exceed their individual goals (players must raise a minimum of $1,000). You can do it!! By participating as a Captain in the Tenacity Paddle Classic, you are personally committing to raise at least $3,000. The $3,000 minimum is due by October 26, 2019. While this is the minimum commitment required to participate as a Captain, we encourage all Captains to aim for larger goals. Remember that all of the money raised helps provide the tools and support necessary to ensure a brighter future for less advantaged students in Boston. Thank you for understanding the objective! Tenacity expects that 25% of your stated fundraising goal will be raised by September 15, 2019, 50% by September 30, 2019, 75% by October 15, 2019, and 100% by October 26, 2019. You will be reminded of these goals during the course of the coming months. Every Captain who is accepted must provide a valid credit card to participate. The Tenacity Paddle Classic requires all Captains and players to set up a personal fundraising page on our peer-to-peer fundraising platform. Not only does this provide a secure and easy place for your supporters to make online donations, you will have access to email templates and other tools that will help make reaching out to potential supporters as well as thanking supporters once they donate, simple and convenient. Plus the platform lets you see progress towards your fundraising goal at a glance and keeps track of all of your donors and their donations. You’ll have until October 26, 2019 to reach the minimum $3,000 fundraising commitment. If you’re not able to reach the minimum commitment by that time, your credit card will be charged the difference. Tenacity will continue to accept donations after October 26, 2019.

2. Team Management for the Tenacity Paddle Classic Competition: Captains agree to work with Tenacity to recruit players to form an awesome team of two sets of men’s pairs, a women’s pair, and a mixed pair. Together with Tenacity, Captains will set up a team fundraising page and a personal fundraising page with hands-on instruction, support and service from Tenacity.

Tenacity Paddle Classic Captain Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a Captain in the Tenacity Paddle Classic and will email you the 2019 Tenacity Paddle Classic Captain Contract Agreement that you will sign, copy for your records, and send back to us. When this has been processed, your position as a Captain in the Tenacity Paddle Classic is secured.

Setting Up Your Personal Fundraising Page and Team Page

Tenacity will provide support every step of the way in getting your personal fundraising page as well as your team page set up. We will also happily assist you with any questions or issues that may arise. The best person to contact for fundraising page support is our Director of Marketing and Communications, Brandon Andrusic: brandonandrusic@tenacity.org.

Grand Slam Cup Elite Player Application

Each elite player application will be reviewed by a Player Council to ensure that teams will have a balance of abilities and fundraising capabilities to support success for the Tenacity mission and funding of student programs. If the Player Council determines the elite player applicant is a good fit, the applicant will be invited to officially join a team.

Sponsorship Options

Paddle Classic Sponsor Levels
  • Sponsor representatives included in all-team photograph to recognize Sponsor support
  • Lunch with teams during the tournament
  • Sponsor recognition in Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and event web pages, e-communication to players and donors
  • Sponsor recognition in video released following the event
  • Event volunteer opportunity for Sponsor employees
  • Recognition by Tenacity leader and emcee announcements
  • Sponsor clients invited to attend & watch (up to 4)
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (up to 4)
  • Special e-message from Sponsor to event participants recognizing sponsorship
  • We welcome to opportunity to design bespoke, tailored engagement opportunities and benefits that align with company or individual sponsor objectives

Fee: $25,001–$50,000

  • Sponsor representatives included in all-team photograph to recognize Sponsor support
  • Lunch with teams during the tournament
  • Sponsor recognition in Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and event web pages, e-communication to players and donors
  • Sponsor recognition in video released following the event
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (up to 4)

Fee: $10,001–$25,000

  • Lunch with teams during the tournament
  • Sponsor recognition in Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and event web pages, e-communication to players and donors
  • Sponsor recognition in video released following the event
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (up to 4)

Fee: $7,501–$10,000

  • Lunch with teams during the tournament
  • Sponsor recognition in Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and event web pages, e-communication to players and donors
  • Sponsor recognition in video released following the event

Fee: $5,000–$7,500

Download a copy of the sponsor sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tenacity Paddle Classic is a paddle and fundraising competition to support Tenacity programs. Competitive and fun play will be designed for teams comprised of two sets of men’s pairs, a women’s pair, and a mixed pair. There will be two flights of four teams. The flights will vie against each other to win the Tenacity Paddle Classic while raising money and awareness for Tenacity.

Brae Burn Country Club and Wellesley Country Club.

Each of the two flight divisions will have four teams that play intra-divisional round-robin sets to determine a flight winner. Flight winners will square off in the finals to determine the Tenacity Paddle Classic champion.

Each team will be led by a captain who will help recruit and rally team members. Teams will have four doubles pairs that can be any combination of men’s, women’s, or mixed – ideally creating A, B, C, and D level pairs. Levels are determined by using players’ Platform Tennis Index (PTI) – groupings are illustrated below. If you need to establish a PTI, use the Player Self-Rating Assessment tool located at http://platformtennismembers.org/selfrating/.

Matches will be eight game pro sets with no-ad scoring.

Your playing level is tied to your Platform Tennis Index (PTI). If you do not have a PTI you can use the APTA Player Self-Rating Assessment tool at: http://platformtennismembers.org/selfrating/

The Tenacity Paddle Classic fundraising goal for is $120,000. Funds raised go towards Tenacity programs and students. Teams will compete on the court, but the real competition is to see which team spreads the word the most, attracts the most donors, and sets the highest bar for funds raised. Team captains and players rally together as a team and also compete individually in the fundraising arena. Most importantly, teams are challenged to raise as much as they can to support the 6,000 Boston youth served by Tenacity. Teams, captains and players have individual online fundraising pages through which friends, family and colleagues can donate. Tenacity helps captains and players set up their pages and provides tools like email templates and social media tools that captains and players can use to engage their networks. Tenacity Paddle Classic peer-to-peer fundraising

There are many ways to support the Tenacity Paddle Classic:

  • Make a donation or donations to players, captains, and/or teams
  • Create your own fundraising page
  • Become a lead event sponsor, flight sponsor, or team sponsor

Have Questions?

If you are interested in being a captain or player and would like more information, please fill out the form below.

Presenting Sponsor

New Balance Foundation