College Begins

So I had a really cool moment tonight. I was going though my Facebook posts and I came across our God’s Plan music video that I had shared on my page some time ago. I started watching it and just started crying out of pure gratefulness and joy. I felt the emotions so strongly that I needed to write it done in this note. The video reminded me of all the amazing moments I had while I was an intern. The 2018 BNP trip has been my favorite event/trip I’ve been on with the foundation; that’s why it sparked so much emotion in me. It was my first trip as an intern and it was the first time I became closer to everyone and where I got a clear picture of what the internship actually is. Only now can I say I truly understand and feel what it has done for me. It’s far greater than booking hotel rooms and cold calling people! It’s so powerful that it makes me cry. I came into the internship with a solid base; I was confident and I had already learned how to deal with myself and my thoughts. The fact that I came in pretty strong always led me to think that I couldn’t get that much out of the internship other than an incredible group of peers to bond and interact with. But what I got was much bigger and more meaningful than that. I met people like Trent, Max, Jade, Erin, Ricky, and... well... I could basically just list out everyone, but you get the point! I was placed out of my comfort zone almost all the time and it has allowed me to grow in a way that is only possible through actually putting yourself through those real-life situations. I found and developed passions I never knew I had. I’m also very grateful that I was open minded and brave enough to join this group, be myself, and give all I had. The internship was the best possible last step in completing my journey as a ‘lost’ high school student trying to ‘find herself.’ I wasn’t desperately lost, though. I was just trying to find out where my strengths and weaknesses lie; that doesn’t sound like a big deal but some people spend a lifetime doing mediocre things because they never knew what they were capable of and what they were better off not doing. I can say I found myself and I thank you for creating this organization that allows anyone, whether they are struggling or thriving, to become even better and truly teach them how to always be the best versions of themselves. I am SO excited to be starting this new chapter of my life and I’m SO ready to slap college in the face!



Thank You

Good morning gentlemen,

This is Ricky's mom Dee. Once again, my husband and I thank you both as well as the foundation  for all you have done for the Sypert family particularly Ricky. Since he became an intern, we have seen the growth from a teenager to a young man capable of handling a multitude of tasks. It has been the best year of his life. The experiences cannot be duplicated had he gone straight to college. We  pray for the foundation that God would continue to give success as it makes a Huge difference in lives of those involved. We are Soooo blessed to be recipients and participants of this Great organization.  Words does not adequately describe our gratitude but this is all we have so we say again and again Thank you Ryan, Trent and the foundation. 

INSPIRE, May 18th, Featuring Grammy Nominated Artist Jason Mraz, at Venetian

Las Vegas Sands Launches the Sands Cares Accelerator Program with the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation as its Inaugural Participant

Sands Cares kicks off the program with ‘INSPIRE’ on May 18 – a charity event featuring an exclusive concert performance by Two Time Grammy- Winning Artist Jason Mraz

LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2018 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) today announced introduction of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program, a community partnership endeavor that entrenches deeper investment in growing nonprofit organizations that have the potential to more greatly impact the local community with the gift of additional resources and nurturing from a major corporate partner.

The Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation has been named the first member of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program and proceeds from INSPIRE, will benefit The Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation.  This year’s inaugural INSPIRE celebration will feature a concert performance by two time Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz at The Venetian in Las Vegas on May 18 in The Venetian Theatre.

Las Vegas Sands created the Sands Cares Accelerator Program to forge deeper engagements with community organizations that have potential to grow beyond their current size and stature, and who have demonstrated a strong ability to make impact and inspire change with greater involvement from a corporate benefactor. As part of the Accelerator program, Sands Cares commits expanded resources, such as funding, in-kind services, facility support and volunteers to program participants as a catalyst for acceleration of the great work they do in the community.

“The Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation is an organization that is changing the lives of at-risk youth and building our community’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands. “It is the best example of the type of organization we want the Accelerator program to propel into its next stage of growth and development. The Foundation’s mission also is closely aligned with Sands Cares’ focus on education and addressing the social, economic and family challenges many of our community’s youth face.” 

Founded 16 years ago and currently operating with a small staff out of a single room in the Senior Center at Lorenzi Park, the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation takes at-risk youth off the streets and into greatness by providing them with life-changing opportunities. The Foundation helps children to develop a vision for their life, where they can grow their strengths through project-driven learning, mentoring, apprenticeships, academics, and athletics. The program inspires children to earn their way and discover their passions by helping them create and execute quarterly business plans. Through this process, the leadership and character development program arms youth with a psychology for life that prepares them mentally, emotionally and physically to live happy, driven and inspired lives.

Though the Foundation’s work, hundreds of youth every year are inspired to achieve beyond previously limited beliefs for their lives – 95 percent of the children in the full-time leadership program receive college scholarships, and students in the program have gone onto prestigious universities such as Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, Yale, Georgetown University, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business, Vanderbilt, United States Air Force, The Citadel, Villanova, Williams College, BYU and many others.

“We are grateful to Las Vegas Sands for recognizing the power of the work we do with our children, and making this amazing investment in our future,” said Ryan Wolfington, founder, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation. “Being part of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program is going to put us on a trajectory to impact many more young lives.”


INSPIRE, presented by Sands Cares, raises funds for the Foundation and is being chaired by LVS President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein. The event will begin with a VIP cocktail reception inside The Palazzo Theatre featuring gourmet food selections and premium libations, where guests can browse an extraordinary array of local and international auction items. The celebration will be capped by an intimate concert performance by two-time Grammy award winner, Jason Mraz, along with other celebrity appearances.

Ticket prices for the INSPIRE, presented by Sands Cares, begin at $150 for the performance only, with performance and VIP reception tickets starting at $295.  A meet-and-greet with Jason Mraz, along with the VIP reception and performance is $1,500. Proceeds will benefit the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation as an inaugural Sands Cares Accelerator Program participant.

Tickets are available online at, in-person at any Venetian | Palazzo box office, or by phone at 702-414-9000.  To purchase sponsorship packages, contact the Foundation at 702-767-7531 or

For information about the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation visit

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for more than 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate giving program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit



Kristin McLarty


Jonah's Story

Making a better future - by completely changing the direction of a child's life.

" Hi, I'm Jonah Wafula. I'm from Uganda, a beautiful, but dirt poor, third world country in East Africa. My story is not a hard luck saga, it is an ongoing adventure full of challenges and the equivalent of many third set battles.

I am very proud of being ranked 700 in the nation in juniors. I'm not a 4.0 student, and I won't be awarded a scholarship this year to play D1 tennis… but I am THE success story that does not make the headlines.

The gift given to me was opportunity; I no longer live in a two bedroom shack with 9 other family members, on less than $1 a day. I have shoes on my feet, plenty to eat, enough clothes to share with my entire village, a doctor, and the luxury of a dentist. I had my first birthday celebration at age 16. That was also my very first birthday cake, and I blew out my first candles. The mango leaves I used as toilet paper in the filthy latrine behind my shack are a faded memory, and everyday I spend in the US, I experience something which used to be a dream that would never come true.

In 2014, completely by accident, I met a woman in my hometown while she was teaching tennis at an orphanage. We became friends, and that summer, albeit with great difficulty and courage, she somehow managed to get me out of Uganda. I returned with her to Oregon, and she is now my American mum as well as the person to whom I will always be indebted. She tells me one day she will get a return on her investment… who is she kidding, it costs a fortune to raise a kid in the U.S.!

This spring, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from high school and go onto college. I came here at 15 with the equivalent of a fifth grade education, and what I used to call school was not much more than regular beatings, clumsy old text books, and a hole in my belly

at the end of each day when I ran home hungry . Now I am getting a real education with unbelievable resources, with mentoring, and with teachers who are passionate about their subjects and about their students; teachers who never lose their patience when I ask for extra help, and allow me the opportunity to play drums in the band, and to lift weights in a gym. This is truly Disneyland.

Since coming to the States, I have played tennis. I will never forget the first day I walked barefoot into a huge building in Oregon and saw people playing my sport. The tennis pro said, "Dude, go into my office and get some shoes". It took me a while to realize that "dude" referred to me.

Tennis is one of my greatest joys; I love the daily grind, the competition, and I'm learning to love even the losses… yeah right!

My incredible new life in the U.S. would not be possible had it not been for all the support and help I have had along the way. The reason that I am attending Indian Wells for the first time and being inspired by the best tennis players in the world is because I was given a scholarship by Ryan Wolfington, who is the director of the Marty Hennessy Foundation for Inspiring Children in Las Vegas. I have been part of this elite group of kids since last year.

Being a member of this foundation has helped me grow enormously outside the confines of a tennis court. I am learning leadership, community spirit, creativity, team play, and a commitment to someday paying it forward and help others that will benefit just as I did. The foundation continues to help me realize my ambitions, my goals, and my desire to keep fighting for greatness. One day I will work at NASA, which is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and I WILL play professional tennis.

It seems only yesterday that I had never heard of The Bryan Brothers, James Blake Tennis, or Billie Jean King; now I have met them all. Today, immersed in the atmosphere of Indian Wells, I have more dreams. I want to play on these courts, and I want to dance alongside my idol Gael Monfils Tennis. Look out Gael you have competition! I can dance, dude!

That's my story. Thank you all for your encouragement, your kindness, and for your belief in me. Asante Sana. "

Kaitlin Reflects

 Kaitlin with Foundation Alum Ozzie Tavares

Kaitlin with Foundation Alum Ozzie Tavares

Today was such an amazing day I'm not even sure I can put it into words.  Since I've come back from college I've been doing a lot of thinking.  What I want my summer objectives to be what coming back to the Foundation means to me, where I want to go in life and who I want to be.  And I'd kind of settled into what seemed to a few different themes of my life currently.  The first is starting over.  When I quit tennis, I assumed it would be forever.  My pride was too big to ever go back to the academy or really be associated.  I was young and ignorant.  I didn't see that tennis was so much more than a sport at this point in my life. I got a job and good grades and thought I was doing well for myself.  And slowly Ozzie began to tip toe back into my life and with that he brought the idea of "greatness." Now at the time I was doing fine, but having felt and experienced what I had with the Foundation, deep down I knew it wasn't quite right. I was doing okay, better than most. But I wasn't my best. I tried on my own to be great and seemed to be faced with what felt like a string of just mistakes and tripping over my own feet. I could have sworn the harder I tried to be better at life the worse I got. The beginning of my freshman year of college was a blur of this. Trying to get up and spring only to trip again. Somewhere in there I started to do really well. I thought I was beginning to reach even a small amount of my potential, only to find after winter break I tripped myself again.

A few nights ago I was discussing with my friend Tim the concept of greatness and what it means to be your best and I explained to him how it felt like I might never be able to stand up and stay up in life. And as these words slipped out of my mouth I realized how silly they were. And it was in that moment that I decided to dive 100% in. Not just to work or school, but all of life. I had been afraid to fully emerge myself in these waters for so long. But in doing so now, I've began to feel the ripples slowly hitting me. The absolute best feeling in the world is knowing you gave every last thing you had to give that day, and then going to bed with a smile proud. These past few days I've felt so alive, like I probably haven't since I was 14 or 15. And the worlds through many tough trials and adversities at me already and I've overcome them with stride.  The reason I started this long tangent was because today I was listening to Starting Over by Macklemore. And I think about what I have to offer these kids all the time. I quit. I messed up. And today I realized I'm a perfect example of even if you mess up or fall off the tracks, you can always come back to center and go home. I think that is what I want this summer to be about for me. Coming home and giving back. I know I would not be where I am today without you Wolfington. You saved my life. Coming to this Foundation changed me in ways I will never be able to forget or deny. I have a full ride scholarship to a tier one school. And I started working today at 8 am and I just got home and I've never felt better. I'm still not sure what this summer has in store for me but I know it will lead to great things.

Thank you from Samantha

A few years ago, if anyone told me I had won any form of a sportsmanship award, I would have called them insane. As Ryan mentioned, I was at a crossroads, minutes away from quitting and leaving all the suffering behind. But when I came to No Quit, I eventually felt a change. With help from Tim and Ryan I was finally able to enjoy what I was doing and honestly, for the first time in my life, I was finally putting in the work. Maybe that was why I had felt so uncharacteristically happy. I felt I had finally earned what I had gotten and for the first time in a while, I felt like I had made the right decisions. Everyone in this chat has helped me through these years. My mom would do anything for me and refused to let me quit for all those years, something I am now very grateful for. Trent, for being there and doing anything to help me, no matter how small. Erin, for trusting me enough to help her and making me realize how important it is to pass it on. Nicole, for being my best friend and always giving me that push in the right direction. Ryan, for comforting me when things were tough and truly showing me how to lead a happy and fulfilling life. And of course Tim, someone who over that past few years has become not only my coach, but someone I see as a real friend who has gone above and beyond in helping me reach goals I didn't even know I had. I know this message is long and a bit rambling but I just wanted to express how grateful I am for everyone in this message and how happy my life in Vegas has made me. Thank you all for being you and believing in me when I definitely did not. :)

- Samantha Martinelli

Thank you from Selena

To whom it may concern,

I just wanted to say thank-you so much for giving me this opportunity. This foundation, this retreat, it has a culture to it. And I know I’m young and I haven’t experienced everything yet, but this place, these people are far and away the best I’ve come to know. They see and inspire the best in me. You see others taking initiative, getting the job done, working and expecting such a high level of their own excellence, that it makes me want to do the same.

Furthermore, the kindness, wisdom, and openness on the retreat this year is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Don’t get me wrong, every trip I go on with this foundation is magical, inspiring, and uplifting in its own right, but the 2015 winter retreat has the number one spot in my opinion. I’m not sure if it's because I’m at an age where I can fully appreciate everything the alumni and speakers have to say, but when 35 or 40 of us all open up about our biggest regrets, highlights, and insights of the year, it's incredible. I cried: first tears of sadness for my regrets, and later of joy for the opportunity (which is beautifully strange for me because I’m not usually one to cry!) This opportunity has been such a blessing in so many ways and I feel I have gained so much wisdom and meaningfulness with my friends and mentors. Thank-you so much.

Yours truly,

Selena Williams

Tim Blenkiron elected Intermountain Board President

Congratulations to our Board member and longtime supporter Tim Blenkiron on being elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Intermountain Tennis Association Board President! Intermountain released the following press release:

Blenkiron, a former UNLV tennis alum who won the NCAA Championship in 1997, is the current Executive Director of the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas, and has coached numerous junior, adult and professional players, including American WTA player Asia Muhammad.

"As we move forward with our strategic plan, it is a huge benefit to be able to turn to Tim's expertise and incredible leadership skills on and off the court," said USTA Intermountain Executive Director Rob Scott. "I'm confident Tim will make enormous contributions to our organization as we continue to support and develop new community tennis programs and strengthening our partnerships in the industry. Tim's professionalism is second to none."

In 2010, Blenkiron was selected as an elite National USTA coach to run a USTA Regional Training Center. He also spent six  years as the Head Pro at Canyon Gate Country Club where he caught the eyes of tennis great Andre Agassi who recruited him to run the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation Tennis Program. Tim's work at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club has been recognized in numerous media outlets including Fox Sports and the Tennis Channel. The program he created resulted in over 20 nationally ranked players, eight of which became Top 25 in the U.S.

ITA Winter Masters Results!

Congratulations to all of our players that placed in the top 6 of the ITA Winter Masters Sectional Championships!  The Winter Masters ran from January 16-20, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

B12 Chase Kasday, 4th; Rua Elmore 5th
G14 Kenadee Semenil, Finalist; Madison Moffat 6th
B14 Michael Pasimio, Champion; Blake Kasday, 3rd; 
Michael Safbom 4th. 
B16 Dylan Levitt, Champion; Noah Dufort 3rd; Stefan Lalovic 4th
G16 Audrey s. Boch-Collins Finalist; Sophie Henderson, 5th
G18 Samantha Martinelli, Champion; Nicole Kalhorn 3rd
B18 Clayton Alenik, 3rd 

B12 Chase Kasday-Hartman, Finalists; 
G14 Kenadee Semenik-Turner Finalists; Selena Williams- Wilson Semi-Finalists
B14 Michael Pasimio-Bottcelli Finalists; Blake Kasday-Lemolov Semi-Finalists
G16 Sophie Henderson- Del Rosario Finalists; 
B16 Dylan Levitt-Hillis, Champions
G18 Samantha Martinelli-Nicole Kalhorn, Champions: Chelsea Crovetti-Carlton, Finalists
B18 Clayton Alenik- MikoPasimio, Semi-Finalists

Leadership Talks Notes by William Elmore

Speaker: Matt Gillan

July 18, 2012. Conshohocken Marriott

Always come into a meeting knowing what you want. Framing your life: Life has stages. Look at the big picture. We are all on the clock. Set of morals. (principles) Matt Gillan: founder of eCount. Don't waste your time. Don't join the masses. Ask what if. Any idea that comes across your mind, take action. The people that preceded you, love to help you. Only one way to be successful: Hard work. Always value people. Be willing to ask for help. Be willing to jump into uncharted water. Culture is important. Anything is possible. Don't let your spirits break. Humility is the most important trait. Life will never be the same. Don't chase the money, the game is overcoming adversity. Don't fear what you can't control. Take competition seriously. Don't let competition cripple you. Take an interest in your people. Be driven. Worry about what you can control. Death teaches. Remember the little things, the simple moments, they matter, they count, and they are endlessly important. Speaker:

Speaker: Bill Giles

The lattice between ability and capacity is bridged by determination. Do menial jobs well, and you'll become great. Be a good people person. Don't complain. Do what you're passionate about. Hard work- diligence- assiduousness- determination. Without honesty, you'll never make it. Sometimes the most important decisions in life are left up to chance. Don't do it for the money, never. The right mental attitude is critical. Look for upside. Love what you do. Fight to be the best. Work hard, play hard. (have fun) Nothing in life is coincidence.

Speaker: Eustace Wolfington

You'll never find another group like this. Be nice to old people. Take opportunity. Never worry about money. Don't forget anyone. Be sincere. Life is a hairs breadth. Do what you do, better than anyone else. Take your dreams, and make them tangible. Always choose the narrow gate, the wide gate leads to destruction. Respect others beliefs, while following your own. Little decisions make the future. Good people make things work. Strive for experience, not money. Gain profound knowledge.

Speaker: Brian O'Neil.

"Only you decide when the game is over." "Fear is generated by despair, despair by lack of hope, and lack of hope by lack of plan." Be fearless, have a plan. Exit back analysis- take your goal, and work back to where you stand now. "If it's gonna be, it's up to me."- focus on what you do right. Use your opponent against them. In their strength is where they are weakest. Define the whole success. Get off the track sometimes. Set yourself apart- "Unique Selling Proposition" Strive for excellence. You're not the only one in the ring. Whacker factor- 50% Not enough. 35% just enough. 15% More than enough. Can't fake positivity. Motivation. "The compounding of a multiplicity of actions are more important than a large move."

Speaker: Carol Wolfington

Patience. No stress. No hate. Smile at the negativity. Listen. No anger. Think deeply. Whackers never go away. Live sans regret. Age like wine- get finer with age. Take advantage of wisdom. Confidence. Stay pure. Relax. Make life special. Make relationships special. Communicate. Exchange. Focus. Look at the past, but do not dwell. Appreciate everything. Make an effort. Have a vision.

Speaker: Frank Wolfington

High expectations No nonsense. Great character. "Hold yourself accountable." Your time is limited. Hard work, put in the time. "If you really want it, make it happen."

Speaker: Bruce Eichner From a perspective of opportunity, we can do anything. Do the work. Find people to ignite your passion. Read things, we have all the tools. See a need, fill a need. Have a vision. Follow your ideas. Be engaged. No one comes and gives opportunity. Find what you like, and what you're good at. Have older friends. Business and personal life are totally intertwined. You don't know what you don't know. Find information on your ideas. Like yourself. Be committed. Be motivated. Live in reality. Apply yourself. Make useful relationships. Take risks. Desire success, don't succeed out of fear of failure. Ask questions. Don't fear bad decisions, fear uninformed decisions. The world is not collinear, connect the dots to succeed. Figure life out, one day at a time. Be open minded. Write. Make lists. Check your competition. Solve for "x", find what "x" is. Find someone to talk to about life. Live life learning from informed decisions. Learn from the past. Don't look for affirmation, look for facts. The world will not change for you. Be reflective. Every day is an opportunity for a do-over. Do things differently.

Speaker: Kathy Lee Gifford

Throw your stone. You are capable of doing great things. If you have a pulse, you have a purpose. Nothing is accidental. Don't be an imitation.

Speaker: Agnes Gillian

Importance of faith, Family, Waiting to start a relationship.

Speaker: Eustace Mita (FoundedPenske)

Importance of family. Be aware. Notice distractions. Be willing to be led. Find your passion. Get ahead. Perseverance. Your siblings are your best friends. Books, people, and goals are very important. What can I learn from people? Think and grow rich, must read. The greatest salesman in the world, must read. As a man thinketh, must read. How to win friends and influence people, must read. "Today I will begin anew." "greet this day with love." "Today I will master my emotions." "I will live this day as if it is my last, I shall bottle it up, careful not to spare a drop on the sands of time." Don't fall to stinking thinking. You are your minds gatekeeper. Don't beat dat bitch. Forget the past. Life is too short to waste time.

Speaker: Sean Wolfington

Envision yourself as a greyhound, they spend their entire lives chasing a plastic rabbit. What would happen if they were to finally catch it? Would they realize their entire existence was spent chasing a lie? Or would those bolts and wires in the rabbit tear their mouths? And how different is this pursuit of a plastic rabbit from human's pursuit of monetary, shallow success? Don't spend your life chasing unfulfilling plastic rabbits. Being the king of the caterpillars, doesn't change the fact that you're still a caterpillar.

Speaker: Chris Wolfington

"Bread of life" Selflessness Recognition is the 1st step to change. No distractions. Progress, not perfection. Do not worship out of fear. Don't live with regret. Accept criticism. "Why not me?" Every step you take leaves footprints in the sand for others to follow. "A committee of one is no committee." It's never too late to change. Solve problems you don't have. Life is about depth. You can't lie to yourself. Be at peace with yourself. "One is too many, and a thousand isn't enough." Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why it's the present. Shame is toxic. Success is a mental state. Fear is a scary, crazy, toxic emotion. Fear is a lie. "98% of my fears never actually happen." What other people think of me, is none of my business. Don't let your insecurities drive your life car. Feelings aren't right or wrong, they just are. Do your best each day, but be weary of what that is.

Speaker: Bill O'Grady

All about education. Life is a filter. "Coming Apart" Rift between top 5% and bottom 20%. Control your own destiny. Fear is a motivator. Importance of a strong family structure. No substitute for intellect. You are important. Success is up to you. Give it personal effort. Look to the past, change the future.


"10s Whenever" Newsletter Vol. 338

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The TENNIS CHANNEL is our host this week bringing the Davis cup from around the world to our tv or mobile devices via tennis channel everywhere. ( LIVE ! ) We saw the stadium in Geneva ,



And we saw the U.S. arena in Chicago mostly ” DRAPED ” , which means instead of tennis fans in the seats there was plastic type wrap covering large sections. Some seemed to be needed based on how the court lined up in the setting.


A general view of the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (top L) of France and Richard Gasquet (top R) of France against Tomas Berdych (bottom L) of the Czech Republic and Radek Stepanek (bottom R) of the Czech Republic during the second day’s double match of the Davis Cup World Group semi-final between France and Czech Republic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, 13 September 2014. EPA/YOAN VALAT











But still … Boys and Girls clubs. Free military. Big brothers , Big sisters. Pick a charity. NJTL ? Empty seats is a pity with so much great tennis being played.


It’s not the Bryan Brothers and/or Wayne Bryan and /or the dynamic Wolfington Brothers job to fill the arena. But guaranteed if it was. It would be full. ( hottest ticket in town)


Do I blame the USTA in part ? The answer is yes. The system is a mess. They are a bunch of finger pointers and shoe clerks ( Judge Robert J . Kelleher’s phrase for them ) and undertakers. ( that’s mine ) am I sore at the USTA ? Yes. Why ? Because common sense & Common decency rarely exist ….


This site has been ” outcast ” by the USTA. ( We are too vocal for them and we have 50 years of 10s connections ) We are hoping under the new presidency of Katrina Adams we will see great changes and accountability.

Reply’s to phone calls, Letters, & emails would be a great start !


Why are we saying Davis Cup ” Schmavis Cup” Because it seems that this USTA barely cares about putting on a great event. They need to do decent demographics. Put a Davis Cup match where you know you can sell it out. Price tickets to move them. Do deals. Individual days. Lower prices. Packages for all three days. Give the tennis fans that still exist affordable seats. Price the seats like the concerts. Front row the $$$. Next row a little less . Etc , Each row higher pays less.


We are hoping and cautiously optimistic that great changes are coming within the United States governing body of Tennis. When it was called the USLTA. It was a far better organization. We all thought the “L” stood for LAWN. But maybe it was for LOGIC ?


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Bryan Bros. Popular V-Grid Tennis Fest To Once Again Feature Tennis, Music, Food, and Wine Tasting

Photo Caption: At last year's event, Bob and Mike Bryan, Dave McKinney and Andy Roddick



Contact: Dave McKinney; (805) 388.5000 at


Bob and Mike Bryan’s Foundation Is Major Beneficiary As Duo Will Again

Make Spanish Hills Country Club Appearance on Saturday, July 19


Camarillo, Calif., (May 20, 2014) – Tickets and tables for the popular V-Grid Tennis Fest featuring Mike and Bob Bryan are now on sale and can be purchased through the all-time winningest doubles team’s website at


The 36-year-old twins will return to their hometown of Camarillo for the event once again being presented by Alexander Cadillac. The date for the day of tennis, music, food and wine tasting has moved to Saturday, July 19, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Spanish Hills Country Club. Similar to year’s past, there will be a Pro-Am, exhibition matches and the day will culminate with a concert featuring the Bryan Bros. Band. All proceeds will benefit the Bryan Bros. Foundation.


More than 50 local wineries and restaurants will be on hand and sponsorships are still available. Once again this year, the event is being run by Spanish Hills Director of Tennis Dave McKinney.


Last year’s event was attended by former US Open champion and Bryan twins Davis Cup champion teammate Andy Roddick with more than $100,000 being raised for the Bryan Bros. Foundation, which helps benefit junior tennis in Ventura and Santa Barbara County.


The day after the TennisFest, the Bryans will play three home matches of Mylan World Team Tennis action for their new team, the San Diego Aviators, July 20th, 22nd and 23rd indoors at San Diego’s Sport Arena.


Tickets and exclusive tables can be purchased through the website, as well as sponsorship availability which can be viewed


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About the Bryan Bros. Foundation

The Bryan Bros. Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is dedicated to helping support and grow the dreams of children in VenturaCounty and around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and support charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive. We seek out specific families and children in need, working with them directly to ensure that they have the opportunities they need to succeed. In everything we do, we will promote the ideals of sports, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Alumni Victoire Saperstein Named All-BIG EAST in Women’s Tennis

WASHINGTON – Freshman women’s tennis player Victoire Saperstein (Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter School) was named All-BIG EAST on Thursday morning by the conference office. She became the third player and the first freshman to earn All-BIG EAST honors under Georgetown Head Coach Gordie Ernst.

She was one of two freshman to earn the honor this year; 12 women overall were named All-BIG EAST representing six different schools.
Saperstein went 11-8 in singles matches including a mark of 8-6 at No. 1 singles. She went 4-3 in BIG EAST matches.
The freshman started out the season playing No. 5 and 6 singles matches and took over the No. 1 spot on February 22 against Montana State. The switch coincided with the Hoyas six-match winning streak starting with Montana State and continuing through a conference sweep over Providence on March 22. During that time, Saperstein went 3-3 from the No. 1 single position.
Saperstein went 10-4 in doubles including an 8-2 record with partner Liselot Koenen (St. Charles, Ill./St Charles North).  Saperstein and Koenen won both of their doubles match from the No. 1 position at the BIG EAST Championship.
The Hoyas dropped their opening round draw at the BIG EAST Championship in late April to St. John’s before defeating Villanova in a backdraw victory on Saturday, April 26. Saperstein won both of her singles matches at the championship.


Winning. Starting as young as preschool, I was taught to win. Taught by my parents, family, teachers, and friends. I was taught to be the best in the class, to have the highest grades, to be the fastest runner, to color in the lines the best, and to win. With this impressive imprint of expectation, I have grown up trying to win. But as I continue to age, I speculate the moral definition of winning.

        By dictionary, winning is “gaining or relating to victory in a contest or competition.” If, in my life, all I am trying to do is win a “contest or competition”, what game am I playing? Am I just a pawn in a large game that society pressures me to be in? A game of monopoly where the only objective is to earn money and houses to “win.” Are these artificial materials the goals that every person in this world should strive for to achieve happiness? To meet the conjectures of society and to win?

In life, if my goals and societal expectations are to win, then what am I trying to win? Money? Commodity? Friends? Or is there a deeper meaning to winning? As I grow older, I continue to be taught to win. I am taught to have the highest grades, to win the most matches, to be the best sister, to have the best projects, and to win. Over the past few months, after losing a tough tennis match to a novice opponent, I have started to scrutinize my life goals, personal objectives, and my purpose in the world. With advice from mentors, I have come to the conclusion that winning is not equivalent to materials or even a score board.

By my new philosophy and my ethical definition, winning is being the best person that I can possibly be in all aspects of my life including tennis, school, family, friends, and within society, despite the possible outcomes. The purpose of life is to achieve happiness and contentment. By doing the best I can and always giving one hundred and ten percent, I can be satisfied and prideful with my effort and with myself. As berserk as it may sound, in tennis, I have learned to try not to win, but rather to focus on just trying my best. Giving my utmost effort in life is the only thing I have control over. I cannot control the questions on the test, the shot my opponent hits, the obnoxious comment my sister makes, the college I get into, the job I will get; but I can control the amount of time I study, the shot I decide to return to my opponent, my response to my sister, my time and effort put into college preparation and applications, and my preparation for a job.

Just recently I have been taught to truly win. Taught by my previous failures, my mentors, and my inquisitions. I have been taught to try my hardest in class, to study and prepare for tests, to run as fast as I can, to be creative and draw outside the lines sometimes, and to be gratified by being the best version of Chloe Henderson.

Welcome to the New Home of the Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation!

We hope you enjoy the website. As is true for most everything we do, this was designed and completed by our alumni and children. We are always looking for criticism and critiques so please let us know if there is something that needs changing.

Thank you and enjoy!


The Website Team

Laurie Steed Letter to McKay Novak

Mckay –

I can’t tell you how much your heartfelt letter means to me.  So many people think that “successful business people” have everything?, but we go through the same personal struggles daily –often times on a much larger scale.   

It’s letter’s like this from someone like you, coming out of nowhere –that helps me put into perspective what I work so hard for everyday seem worth it. 

I have motivational quote’s all over my office – to keep me inspired – one I look at as I walk in & leave is:

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for long in the first place.

I never had positive mentors growing up or the financial resources to go to college. 

I find it incredibly rewarding to know that I’ve in some small way helped a young person make, their life a little easier or helped in a small way to give them some tools to get a better education so that they might be able to have a better life. 

I’ve never in my life known anyone like Ryan who gives so much of their personal time & energy towards helping others.  So many people can offer cash donations, but to put their personal time, energy, is beyond any person I’ll ever meet.

It’s knowing that individuals like you realize what the Foundation has done to help them & will continue to help others, makes it all work & will continue to work to help so many others.

I can’t thank you enough for sending this letter.  Your letter has brought tears to me & inspired me when I really needed it. 

You have your whole life ahead and are fortunate to have the wonderful foundation “family” always with you –

You are an amazing young girl & the foundation is fortunate to have you in it for so many years helping others.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


McKay Novak Thank You Letter to Donor Laurie Steed

Dear Mrs. Steed,

I do not just want to write you a thank you letter. I want to tell you a story of how you have affected my life in a positive way and I hope that will serve as a meaningful thank you. I have been involved with the Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation since I was ten years old. I was also the first child that they started from scratch; I knew nothing of tennis and really was just following my cousin into the sport. For the first three months I was on a court all by myself just hitting with a ball machine. I worked hard and was ranked #1 in the 10's division in Las Vegas by the end of my first year. I no longer was playing because of my older cousin, I was playing because it was something I had fun with and something I had a passion for. The Foundation subsidized the cost of academy for me and even paid for a lot of the traveling costs. After a while they paid for my tournaments and covered more and more of the payments so that I could continue with the sport. The Foundation taught me about the importance of leadership and how I could apply it to other areas of my life. Consequently, my teachers in school noticed the change in me and nominated me for a leadership trip on the east coast. However this trip was 2,500 dollars and my family simply could not afford the amount. Ryan, recognizing the opportunity for me, said, "let's do some fundraising." I asked family members and friends to donate items for a raffle. I went on the strip and sold these raffle tickets with Ryan for five hours. I went around my church and asked everyone I knew. However I was still short on the total. Ryan then said he could set up a meeting with a donor for me. That donor was you. You paid 500 dollars so that I could attend this leadership trip in Washington D.C. and it was also my first time meeting or even hearing directly from a donor of the Foundation. I still remember you smiling at me and saying, "If you do not come up with enough money to fund the trip please call me. Call me if you need anything." I called my mom and squealed in excitement and told her the news of the woman who gave me more money than I had ever imagined. I was able to go on the trip. The leadership trip was a success and really gave me a lot of tools that I have used over the years. However the trip is not the most important part of the story to me. It was your generosity at a whim after meeting me that really impacted me. And it was not just that one time that I feel you have helped me out of a rut. When I was not in a good place in my life, you invited Ryan, myself, and around ten other kids to go swimming at your house. I was able to bond with the kids over the bubbles in your hot tub. During the Apprentice Competition I worked over 100 hours without a single donation. You allowed Kimberly and I to visit your restaurant contacts and those donations seriously made Kimberly and I smile ear to ear. Both of us really needed that boost to make us feel like our hard work was paying off. Lastly at the retreat, you were the one who made the entire thing possible. I was able to spend time with the alumni; people whom I have looked up to since my days on the ball machine at the Hilton. You also allowed me to aid the younger generation just like myself who are just starting to see their own potential with the help of the Foundation. From the very beginning you have been there; you have been willing to step in just when I needed it the most and I really wanted to thank you for everything: every muffin at tournaments, every contact you shared with Kimberly and me, every time you opened up your house, and every moment you have spent on myself and everyone else in the Foundation. Thank you.

McKay Novak

Tim Blenkiron

We have always known that Tim has the very special ability to make tennis exciting, intense, passionate, fun and very competitive. Now it is nice to see that the USTA Intermountain Section has recognized his efforts and willingness to give so much back to the game of tennis. Beyond his skills as a former NCAA Champion, player on the pro tour, or his ability to develop from scratch countless top 5 national players, he makes tennis fun and exciting to be a partof. Thanks Tim from all of us who you have inspired, guided and mentored. You have left a significant mark on our lives.