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Grand Slam Cup & Smash 2018

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Total Raised

$509,735 / $800,000 Goal

Top Fundraising Teams

Team Tenacious $33,300
Bain Impacts $33,073
Bain Capital Community Partnership $32,819
Crimson Aces $29,280
Panarese United $28,303

Top Fundraisers

Rob Wadsworth $20,000
Mark Panarese $18,053
chris zook $10,641
Hope Pascucci $10,638
Frank Kettle $10,212

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

While Tenacity has enjoyed many years of successful gala events, the Tenacity Grand Slam Cup & Smash introduces an exciting new way to come together and rally support for our students and programs. By getting out of the ballroom and onto the courts, we are bringing supporters closer to a key component of the Tenacity Pathway to Post-Secondary Success and illustrating how the GAME of tennis can SET students up for success in LIFE.

This unique, two-part event combines the Grand Slam Smash, a fabulous party at Harvard on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 with the Grand Slam Cup, a tennis and fundraising competition that will take place at Longwood Cricket Club on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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?

Ways to get involved:

Grand Slam® is a registered trade mark owned by Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd. Tenacity is not affiliated with Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

News & Updates

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

Dear Prospective Grand Slam Cup Player,

We want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Grand Slam 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 Grand Slam Cup, you are committing to raise at least $2,500. The $2,500 minimum is due by June 21, 2018. 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 March 31, 2018, 50% by April 30, 2018, 75% by May 31, 2018, and 100% by June 21, 2018. You will be reminded of these goals during the course of the year.

Every player who is accepted must provide a valid credit card to participate. The Tenacity Grand Slam 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.

You’ll have until June 21, 2018 to reach the minimum $2,500 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 June 21, 2018.

Tenacity Grand Slam Cup Player Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a player in the Tenacity Grand Slam Cup and will email you the 2018 Tenacity Grand Slam Cup 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 Grand Slam Cup 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 provide a handy fundraising guide that is available as a resource on the Cup & Smash 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.

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

Dear Prospective Tenacity Grand Slam Cup Team Captain,

We want you to have a terrific and special experience in the Tenacity Grand Slam 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.

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 Grand Slam Cup, you are personally committing to raise at least $5,000. The $5,000 minimum is due by June 21, 2018. 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 March 31, 2018, 50% by April 30, 2018, 75% by May 31, 2018, and 100% by June 21, 2018. You will be reminded of these goals during the course of the year. Every Captain who is accepted must provide a valid credit card to participate. The Tenacity Grand Slam 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.

You’ll have until June 21, 2018 to reach the minimum $5,000 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 June 21, 2018.

2. Team Management for the Grand Slam 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 level. Together with Tenacity, Captains will set up a team fundraising page and a personal fundraising page for each player with hands-on instruction, support and service from Tenacity.

Tenacity Grand Slam Cup Captain Acceptance

A representative from Tenacity will notify you if you have been accepted as a Captain in the Tenacity Grand Slam Cup and will email you the 2018 Tenacity Grand Slam 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 Grand Slam 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 & Smash 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.

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.

Are you ready to celebrate?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the evening before Tenacity Grand Slam Cup round robin play begins, captains, players, and hundreds of Tenacity supporters will come together for a fabulous kickoff party. The Grand Slam Smash will be casual and intriguing, celebrating the fundraising efforts of Grand Slam Cup players and captains as well as the accomplishments of Tenacity students. Just like the great tradition of past Tenacity galas, kids and their stories will be the centerpiece, but presented in new ways and mediums.

Social and food/cocktail zones will enable everyone (particularly students and supporters) to interact, share and celebrate all that the Tenacity family cares about – achieving dreams and living better and healthier lives. The physical experience will guide the feet and minds of supporters from zone to zone along the Tenacity Pathway.

Grand Slam® is a registered trade mark owned by Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd. Tenacity is not affiliated with Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tenacity Grand Slam 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 players, celebrities, advanced players, and Tenacity students. There will be four flights – the Aussie, the French, the British, and the U.S. The flights will vie against each other to win the Grand Slam Cup while raising money and awareness for Tenacity.

Longwood Cricket Club, with its beautiful grass courts and elegant clubhouse, is the primary tennis venue. Harvard is the secondary tennis venue and rain back up.

Each of the four flight divisions will have three teams that play intra-divisional round-robin sets to determine a flight winner. Flight winners will square off in the semi-finals. Semi-finals winners will face each other to determine the Tenacity Grand Slam 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 either eight or ten game pro sets.

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 A level, B level, C level, or D level based on the following: A level is 4.5 to 5.0; B level is 4.0 to 4.5; C level is 3.5 to 4.0; D 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 collective Tenacity Grand Slam Cup & Smash fundraising goal is $800,000 and the Boston tennis, business and philanthropy community can do it! 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. Team captains commit to raising at least $5,000 and players commit to raising at least $2,500 each. Most importantly, teams are challenged to raise as much as they can to support the 6,000 Boston youth that Tenacity serves. Each team should feel great about raising at least $50,000. But the mission is worthy of much more. And, more is needed to reach our goal of $800,000 that funds the in and out-of-school programs we deliver year-round to kids that depend on them.

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 Grand Slam 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
  • Purchase a ticket for the Tenacity Grand Slam Smash party

Wednesday, June 20, 2017, the evening before Tenacity Grand Slam Cup tournament round robin play begins, captains, players, and hundreds of Tenacity supporters will come together for a fabulous kickoff party. The Grand Slam Smash party will be casual and intriguing, celebrating the fundraising efforts of Grand Slam Cup tournament players and captains as well as the accomplishments of Tenacity students. Just like the great tradition of past Tenacity galas, kids and their stories will be the centerpiece, but presented in new ways and mediums.

Social and food/cocktail zones will enable everyone (particularly students and supporters) to interact, share and celebrate all that the Tenacity family cares about – achieving dreams and living better and healthier lives. The physical experience will guide the feet and minds of supporters from zone to zone along the Tenacity Pathway.

Have Questions?

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

Fundraising Guides

Player Fundraising Guide

Captain Fundraising Guide

Elite Player Fundraising Guide

Non-Player Fundraising Guide

Partners

Harvard
Mount Auburn Club
Pierce Harman Photography

Presenting Sponsor

New Balance Foundation

Sponsors

EY-Parthenon
Stephen Kay & Lisbeth Tarlow
Anonymous
LMCG Investments
Chris & Mary Beth Gordon
Ralph & Janice James
Rob & Theresa Wadsworth
Amy & David Abrams
George Davitt and Lynda Ceremsak
Paul & Patty Gannon
Frank & Colleen Kettle
Hope Pascucci
USTA New England
Chris Zook
Eric Almquist
Ulrik Christensen
Jeffrey Hurst
Steven Kassels & Nancy Ali Thompson-Kassels
Life Science Cares
Ted & Karen Martin
Mark Panarese
Prasad Sulur