Eric Butorac Minnesota Tennis Challenge
In December 2010, Eric Butorac held the second Eric Butorac Minnesota Tennis Challenge (EBMNTC). It doubled 2009's attendance, getting over 750 people to attend the event that took place in St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2010 event was highlighted by a match between Eric Butorac/Jean-Julien Rojer vs Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan. Former ATP player, Justin Gimelstob also played, conducted the emcee and ran the live auction.
The event raised over $30,000 for the charities listed below, with the largest donation going to SPUT:
Fred Wells Tennis and Learning Center
Rochester Boys and Girls Club
Saint Paul Urban Tennis (SPUT) has been providing life skills and tennis lessons for kids for the past 20 years. Through these years SPUT has been able to positively impact the lives of over 40,000 young children. In 2010, SPUT provided its life skills and tennis program to over 4,000 young kids at over 55 locations. Many of these locations were in low income housing and low income apartment complexes without access to tennis courts. SPUT instructors set-up portable nets and provided the kids with racquets and balls to participate in the programs. SPUT instructors also provided many of these kids with a Reading Program and other activities intended to help the kids academically.
SPUT was awarded the USTA Northern Section's Member Organization of the Year Award and was recognised nationally with the USTA NJTL Organization of the Year Award.
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