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Tenacity Cup 2019

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Tenacity Cup 2019

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

The Tenacity Cup 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, September 12, 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 and Worcester youth?

Each donation of $250 includes access to the Summer Splash after-party at Longwood that kicks off as the Cup tennis competition wraps up. This spiffy cocktail party and summer cookout will feature delicious food, fun beverages, and warm camaraderie as we celebrate the students, team captains, players and supporters who make the Tenacity Cup a success.

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Total Raised

$1,052,007 / $1,100,000 Goal

Top Fundraising Teams

Bain Capital Community Partnership $241,119
Big Green $70,716
Bain Impacts $66,291
Crimson Aces $63,057
The Kings $54,183

Top Fundraisers

Chris Gordon $117,631
Chris Zook $50,158
Kitty Flather, Team Hillsboro Co-Captain $25,000
Carolyn Swan $17,092
Richard Lee $16,372

Scenes from the 2018 Tenacity Cup

Grand Slam Cup player application

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.

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. The $2,500 minimum is due by June 20, 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 March 31, 2019, 50% by April 30, 2019, 75% by May 31, 2019, and 100% by June 20, 2019. 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 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 20, 2019 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 20, 2019.

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 email you the 2019 Tenacity 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 Tenacity 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 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.

Grand Slam Cup Captain application

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.

Dear Prospective Tenacity Cup Team Captain,

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.

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. The $5,000 minimum is due by June 20, 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 March 31, 2019, 50% by April 30, 2019, 75% by May 31, 2019, and 100% by June 20, 2019. 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 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 20, 2019 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 20, 2019.

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 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 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 2019 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.

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.

Fundraising Guides

Player Fundraising Guide

Captain Fundraising Guide

Elite Player Fundraising Guide

Sponsorship Options

Tenacity Cup Sponsorship Levels
  • Sponsor representatives photographed with all 24+ Tenacity student players on the lawn courts of the Longwood Club to illustrate Sponsor support of education and youth development
  • Escorted by a member of the Tenacity Board of Directors, a networking opportunity for Sponsor to strategically meet & greet Team Captains & Players
  • Opportunity for team entry for 8 company players, partnered with two elite and two student players. *Captain and players are still obligated to meet fundraising minimums.
  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup
  • 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
  • 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 photographed with all 24+ Tenacity student players on the lawn courts of the Longwood Club to illustrate Sponsor support of education in Boston
  • Escorted by a member of the Tenacity Board of Directors – a networking opportunity for Sponsor to strategically meet & greet Team Captains & Players
  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000 donors
  • Sponsor recognition in Cup video released following the event
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (4)

Fee: $10,001–$25,000

  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000 donors
  • Sponsor recognition in Cup video released following the event
  • Sponsor clients invited to post-event party (4)

Fee: $7,501–$10,000

  • Complimentary lunch with teams and students during the Cup
  • Sponsor recognition on Cup Welcome Guide, web pages, e-communication to more than 100 players and more than 1,000 donors
  • Sponsor recognition in Cup video released following the event

Fee: $5,000–$7,500

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 players, celebrities, advanced players, and Tenacity students. There will be two flights of 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 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 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 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 – Each donation of $250 includes access to the Summer Splash after-party at Longwood that kicks off as the Cup tennis competition wraps up (each increment of $250 equals an access pass). This spiffy cocktail party and summer cookout will feature delicious food, fun beverages, and warm camaraderie as we celebrate the students, team captains, players and supporters who make the Tenacity Cup a success.
  • 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

In-Kind Sponsor

Roxbury Latin School

Champion Sponsors

Anonymous

Anonymous

Stephen Kay & Lisbeth Tarlow

Jonathan Lavine

Chris Zook & Donna Robinson

Victory Sponsors

Anonymous

Anonymous

Josh & Anita Bekenstein

Kate Sides Flather

Ralph & Janice James

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Joseph McNay

Carolyn & Ken Swan

Rob & Theresa Wadsworth

Triumph Sponsors

Bill Ackman

Anonymous

Deb & Steve Barnes

Centerview Partners LLC

George Davitt & Lynda Ceremsak

Paul & Patty Gannon

Winning Sponsors

Jeff & Alison Albers

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Area9 Lyceum

Michael & Jill Balmuth

Brant Binder

Jeff Crisan

Michael Hazard

Kathryn Kearney

Robert Ketterson

Wendy Lane

Richard Levitan & Susan Edgman-Levitan

Life Science Cares

Mark & Sasa Panarese

Prasad Sulur

Warren Valdmanis