2022 Tenacity Cup

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

The Tenacity Cup 2022 is a special day of challenging team-based play on the storied grass courts of Longwood Cricket Club. Teams comprised of doubles pairs, all levels of play, men and women, will compete to take home the Cup 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 tennis can SET students up for success in LIFE.

This unique tennis and fundraising competition will take place at Longwood Cricket Club on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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?

Release Agreement and COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation

Click this link to sign the Release Agreement and Vaccination Attestation

Ways to get involved:

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2022 Tenacity Cup Total Raised

$841,197 / $1,000,000 Goal

2022 Top Fundraising Teams

Bain Capital Community Partnership $129,553
Team Tenacious $74,353
Crimson Aces $64,261
Big Green $63,089
The Kings: Co-captained by Tricia Glass and Jennifer Lesnick $62,332

2022 Top Fundraisers

Rob Wadsworth $55,280
Chris Gordon $44,595
Michael Balmuth $29,288
Matt Ferrante $27,104
Richard Lee $19,363

2022 Highlight Video

Scenes from past Tenacity Cup events

Grand Slam Cup player application

Dear Prospective Tenacity Cup Player, We want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Cup 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 Cup, you are committing to raise at least $2,500. 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!! The Tenacity Cup 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. Tenacity will continue to accept donations after the Cup concludes.

Tenacity Cup Player Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a player in the Tenacity Cup and will work to find a good match for any players who are not already working with a team captain.

Setting Up your Fundraising Page

Tenacity will provide support every step of the way in getting your personal fundraising page set up. We provide a handy fundraising guide that is available as a resource on the Cup page of our website and will gladly email a copy on request. 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.

Important COVID Information

Longwood Cricket Club, the site hosting the Tenacity Cup, requires that all persons accessing the property are fully vaccinated with either the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. By digitally signing and submitting this application you are attesting to the following:

I declare that I am currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or otherwise attest that I will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 23rd, 2022, and understand fully vaccinated to mean a minimum of two weeks (14 days) will have passed since receiving either a single-dose vaccine or a second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

Release Agreement

In consideration of my accepting a position as a player in the Tenacity Cup, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights for claims and damages I may have against Tenacity, its employees, volunteers, officers and sponsors for any and all injuries suffered or sustained by me in said event, in the training and planning sessions for said event, or travel to or from any of the preceding. I further attest and certify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for competition in this event, and a licensed medical doctor has verified my physical condition.

I hereby assume any and all risks related to such event. I also grant permission for use of my name and or photograph or voice in broadcast, telecast, print or any other account of this event and agree to waive any compensation for such use. I agree to provide a current or recent photograph of myself upon request from Tenacity.

In the event of an illness, injury or medical emergency arising during the event or in the training and planning sessions for said event, I hereby authorize and give my consent to Tenacity to secure from any accredited hospital, clinic, physician and/or Emergency Medical Technician any treatment deemed necessary for my immediate care. I agree that I will be fully responsible for payment of any and all medical services and treatment rendered to me including but not limited to medical transport, medications, treatment, and hospitalization.

By submitting an application to participate as a player in the Tenacity Cup 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.

Grand Slam Cup Captain application

Dear Prospective Tenacity Cup Team Captain, we want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Cup. 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 $50,000 and provide encouragement to help your players exceed their individual goals (players must raise a minimum of $2,500). You can do it!! By participating as a Captain in the Tenacity Cup, you are personally committing to raise at least $5,000. 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! The Tenacity Cup 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. Tenacity will continue to accept donations after the Cup concludes.

2. Team Management for the Tenacity Cup Competition: Captains agree to work with Tenacity to recruit players to form an awesome co-ed team of four doubles pairs of varying skill levels. 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 Cup Captain Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a Captain in the Tenacity Cup and will email you the 2022 Tenacity Cup 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 Cup 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 provide a handy fundraising guide that is available as a resource on the Cup page of our website and will gladly email a copy on request. 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.

Important COVID Information

Longwood Cricket Club, the site hosting the Tenacity Cup, requires that all persons accessing the property are fully vaccinated with either the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. By digitally signing and submitting this application you are attesting to the following:

I declare that I am currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or otherwise attest that I will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 23rd, 2022, and understand fully vaccinated to mean a minimum of two weeks (14 days) will have passed since receiving either a single-dose vaccine or a second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

Release Agreement

In consideration of my accepting a position as a player in the Tenacity Cup, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights for claims and damages I may have against Tenacity, its employees, volunteers, officers and sponsors for any and all injuries suffered or sustained by me in said event, in the training and planning sessions for said event, or travel to or from any of the preceding. I further attest and certify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for competition in this event, and a licensed medical doctor has verified my physical condition.

I hereby assume any and all risks related to such event. I also grant permission for use of my name and or photograph or voice in broadcast, telecast, print or any other account of this event and agree to waive any compensation for such use. I agree to provide a current or recent photograph of myself upon request from Tenacity.

In the event of an illness, injury or medical emergency arising during the event or in the training and planning sessions for said event, I hereby authorize and give my consent to Tenacity to secure from any accredited hospital, clinic, physician and/or Emergency Medical Technician any treatment deemed necessary for my immediate care. I agree that I will be fully responsible for payment of any and all medical services and treatment rendered to me including but not limited to medical transport, medications, treatment, and hospitalization.

By submitting an application to participate as a Captain in the Tenacity Cup 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.

Grand Slam Cup Elite Player Application

Important COVID Information

Longwood Cricket Club, the site hosting the Tenacity Cup, requires that all persons accessing the property are fully vaccinated with either the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. By digitally signing and submitting this application you are attesting to the following:

I declare that I am currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or otherwise attest that I will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 23rd, 2022, and understand fully vaccinated to mean a minimum of two weeks (14 days) will have passed since receiving either a single-dose vaccine or a second dose of a two-dose vaccine.

Release Agreement

In consideration of my accepting a position as a player in the Tenacity Cup, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights for claims and damages I may have against Tenacity, its employees, volunteers, officers and sponsors for any and all injuries suffered or sustained by me in said event, in the training and planning sessions for said event, or travel to or from any of the preceding. I further attest and certify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for competition in this event, and a licensed medical doctor has verified my physical condition.

I hereby assume any and all risks related to such event. I also grant permission for use of my name and or photograph or voice in broadcast, telecast, print or any other account of this event and agree to waive any compensation for such use. I agree to provide a current or recent photograph of myself upon request from Tenacity.

In the event of an illness, injury or medical emergency arising during the event or in the training and planning sessions for said event, I hereby authorize and give my consent to Tenacity to secure from any accredited hospital, clinic, physician and/or Emergency Medical Technician any treatment deemed necessary for my immediate care. I agree that I will be fully responsible for payment of any and all medical services and treatment rendered to me including but not limited to medical transport, medications, treatment, and hospitalization.

Each elite player application will be reviewed by a Player Council to ensure that teams will have a balance of playing abilities and fundraising capabilities. If the Player Council determines the elite player applicant is a good fit, the applicant will be invited to officially join a team.

Fundraising Guides

Player Fundraising Guide

Captain Fundraising Guide

Elite Player Fundraising Guide

Sponsorship Options

  • Sponsor representatives photographed with all 24+ Tenacity student players on the lawn courts of the Longwood Club*
  • Opportunity for team entry for 8 company players, partnered with two elite and two student players. Please note: Captain and players are still obligated to meet fundraising minimums.
  • Lunch with teams and students during the Cup*
  • Event volunteer opportunity for Sponsor employees*
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and Cup web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000+ donors
  • Sponsor recognition in Cup video released following the event
  • Recognition by Tenacity leader and emcee announcements at the event*
  • 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 the opportunity to design bespoke, tailored engagement opportunities and benefits that align with company or individual sponsor objectives

* All in-person benefits are weather/COVID conditions permitting

Fee: $50,000

  • Sponsor representatives photographed with all 24+ Tenacity student players on the lawn courts of the Longwood Club*
  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup (up to 4 guests)*
  • Sponsor recognition in Cup Welcome Guide, on event web page, and in e-communications to more than 100 players and 1,000+ donors
  • Sponsor recognition in post-Cup event recap video
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (up to 4)*

* All in-person benefits are weather/COVID conditions permitting

Fee: $25,000

  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup (up to 2 guests)*
  • Sponsor guests invited to post-event party (up to 2 guests)*
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and Cup web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000+ donors

* All in-person benefits are weather/COVID conditions permitting

Fee: $10,000

  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup*
  • Sponsor guest invited to post-event party*
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, Tenacity home and Cup web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000+ donors

* All in-person benefits are weather/COVID conditions permitting

Fee: $5,000

Download a copy of the sponsor sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tenacity Cup is a tennis and fundraising competition to support Tenacity programs. Competitive and fun play will be designed for teams and players of all abilities. Teams will be comprised of adult recreational players, elite players, and Tenacity students. There will be two flights of six or eight teams. The flights will vie against each other to win the Tenacity Cup while raising money and awareness for Tenacity.

Longwood Cricket Club, with its beautiful grass courts and elegant clubhouse.

Each of the two flight divisions will have six or eight 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 Cup champion.

Each team will be led by a captain who will help recruit and rally team members. Teams will have six doubles pairs comprised of one elite pair, four pairs of amateur players, and one pair of Tenacity students. Grand Slam Cup team schematic

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

Below are some guidelines to help determine your likely playing level based on NTRP guidelines. We are asking players and captains to categorize themselves as Ace level, Backspin level, Crosscourt level, or Deuce level based on the following: Ace level is 4.5 to 5.0; Backspin level is 4.0 to 4.5; Crosscourt level is 3.5 to 4.0; Deuce level is 2.5 to 3.5.

  • 2.5 Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
  • 3.0 Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.
  • 3.5 Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
  • 4.0 Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
  • 4.5 Starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
  • 5.0 Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.

The Tenacity Cup fundraising goal for Boston is $1,100,000 and the fundraising goal for Worcester is $25,000. Funds raised for each program are designated restricted funds, i.e. all funds raised by teams/players competing for Boston go towards Boston programs and all funds raised by the Worcester team/players go towards the Worcester Summer Tennis & Reading Program. 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 and 600 Worcester 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. Grand Slam Cup peer-to-peer fundraising

There are many ways to support the Tenacity Cup:

  • 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

2022 Champion Sponsors

ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS

2022 Victory Sponsors

ANONYMOUS

RALPH & JANICE JAMES

2022 Triumph Sponsors

CIBC
MFS
Westfield Capital Management

ANONYMOUS

MARK COHEN

JOHN & STEPHANIE CONNAGHTON

MOLLY & DOMENIC FERRANTE

TRICIA & JOHN GLASS

BRIAN & SUSAN KAVOOGIAN

DAVID KVARATSKHELIA

HOPE PASCUCCI

ROB & CHRIS PEREZ

THE CRISAN WALKER FAMILY

THE HAZARD FAMILY FOUNDATION

ROB WADSWORTH

2022 Winning Sponsors

Boston Financial Management

ANONYMOUS

MIKE & STACIE ARPEY

MICHAEL & JILL BALMUTH

BRANT BINDER

GILBERT & MELISSA DAILEY

COLIN HILL

RICHARD & GEORGIA LEE

 MARK & SASA PANARESE

MARIA PARK

 BRIAN & LIZ SHORTSLEEVE

 BEN & KATE TAYLOR

VON SCHROETER FAMILY

 DWIGHT WYATT

2022 In-Kind Sponsors

Bridge Street Productions
Pierce Harman Photography

2022 Parking Sponsors

Pine Manor College
Boston College
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