CHAMPIONS FOR CHARITY POSTPONED

Sunday, November 8 2009 11:00 PM

CHAMPIONS FOR CHARITY POSTPONED

  Plans for the Event to return in 2010 underway

Wichita, KS (November 9, 2009) -    The second edition of Champions for Charity, originally scheduled for December 6, 2009 at Hartman Arena featuring Melanie Oudin, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner and Mardy Fish, has been postponed.  Developed as a fundraiser for the Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis (GFFT), the Board of Directors decided to shift focus towards potentially hosting the event in 2010 rather than 2009 due to the current state of the economy in the region.

“Our original intention was to host an event in 2009 to provide a positive economic impact, further establish our state and city as a place for great tennis, and raise money for GFFT to help encourage more young kids to pick up a racquet and healthy habits early in life”, said Bill Faflick, GFFT Board President.  “However, after careful consideration, we realized now is not the appropriate time to ask area residents and corporations to fund other initiatives outside of their own.  We want to thank ticket buyers and others who supported the event in 2009 and apologize for any inconvenience.”

In its inaugural year in 2006, Champions for Charity featured Andy Roddick and was played at the Rock Road location of Genesis Health Clubs.  The Event was sold-out (nearly 3,000 spectators) and helped raise over $20,000 for the Daniel M. Carney Rehabilitation Engineering Center Wheelchair Seating Program for Children at the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF) and the newly created Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis (GFFT).  Organizers feel strongly that with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Hartman Arena in 2009, the event can be equally if not more successful in the near future.  Plans for Champions for Charity to return in 2010 are currently underway as area corporations have indicated strong interest in supporting the event in the future.

Those who purchased tickets for 2009 will be refunded accordingly and should contact the Hartman Arena Box Office, 316-927-3999, located at 8151 N. Hartman Arena Dr., Park City, KS 67147.  For more information visit www.hartmanarena.com.  

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About Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis (GFFT)
Founded in 2006 by Rodney Steven II, owner of Genesis Health Clubs, the purpose of the Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis is to provide funds to allow all citizens, regardless of background and means, the opportunity to participate in recreational and/or competitive fitness activities. GFFT will provide funding, scholarships and programs for individuals interested in a variety of athletic endeavors relating to all forms of physical activity, both for recreation and competition. www.genesisfoundationwichita.com

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