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2011 Delray Beach ITC Goes Beyond The Court For Local Charities

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Thousands of fans from across the world will embark on Delray Beach for ten days to celebrate the top male tennis players in the world as they go head to head in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. However, before one ball is served, and one racquet is raised, seventeen local charities will benefit from the tournament during the nine day extravaganza at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center.

The largest charitable project is in conjunction with the Community Food Pantry and Champion Porsche. On Monday, February 21(President’s Day) and Tuesday, February 22 day sessions, patrons are invited to fill a Porsche Cayenne. Patrons can donate a minimum of eight non-perishable food items & receive one FREE Grandstand seat for that session.

The annual Raise A Racquet donation program also returns in 2011. Kids Serving Kids, a group of junior tournament tennis players who recycle new and used tennis racquets, are teaming up with ITC volunteers to distribute donated tennis racquets to area underserved children’s organizations to spread the joy of tennis. Patrons are invited to bring in their usable tennis racquet to the box office on Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22 day sessions and receive one FREE grandstand seat.

The Ultimate Experience Charity Pro-Am on Sunday, February 20, is a once in a lifetime spectacular player event to benefit the Pathfinders of Palm Beach County Scholarship Fund and the Tico Torres Children’s Foundation. Play tennis with ATP Champions Tour players Todd Martin & Jimmy Arias and ATP World Tour doubles players (players not yet announced.) These matches include a chair umpire, lines people, ball kids and thousands of screaming fans and the chance to play in the finals on the ITC Center Court. A $1,500 entry fee includes a playing spot, awards luncheon and two stadium court box seats for two sessions..

At the tournament guests have an opportunity to participate in a perennial favorite at the interactive Fast Serve Cage benefiting First Serve of the Palm Beaches. Guests can test their serve speed and see how they rank with their friends, family and the pros.

In total, thousands of dollars in food, racquet and cash donations are raised for these deserving charities during the weeklong tournament.  In addition, the Delray Beach ITC has a Charity Ticket Fundraiser Program, where select charities receive a special discount for their members, with a portion of every ticket sold via their promo code donated back to their foundation.

Charities involved with the 2011 Delray Beach ITC include: The American Cancer Society,  American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, First Serve of the Palm Beaches, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Kids and Police Tennis Association, National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), Old School Square, Sisters of Sunshine, Tico Torres Children's Foundation and Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida.

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