BANNOCKBURN – Before South African tennis pro Kevin Anderson competed in the U.S. Open and went from being ranked 1000 in the world, up to 10th, he played in the 2011 CPAC (College Park Athletic Club) Serves Tournament to raise money for Spark Ventures. Anderson will be returning again this year on Monday, November 27.
College Park Athletic Club General Manager Brian Wu met the 6’8″ Anderson during his college years at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
“We have produced many U of I tennis players and they have a world class NCAA program,” said Wu. “Many of our North Shore kids have gone from training in our tennis academy to playing on the U of I tennis teams.”
Wu added that several of these players have taken jobs with College Park after graduation; many of whom were Anderson’s close friends.
“Kevin would practice here during his off seasons, talk to our junior academy players, and was always willing to give speeches and sign autographs,” said Wu.
College Park has about a dozen instructors that have played in the Pro Tour. For example, tennis pro Tina Pisnik was 29th in the world and played center court in the U.S. Open against Serena Williams, said Wu.
Wu is delighted to support Spark Ventures, at the 6th Annual CPAC Serves, as the non-profit helps multiple children around the world with partner communities in Zambia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Spark Ventures’ mission is to build partnerships that lift communities out of poverty by providing health, education and jobs.
“We’ve sent a few of our employees to Nicaragua to observe what Spark Ventures is doing, and to be a part of the work,” said Wu. “This event brings our community together to raise money for children who don’t have another opportunity.”
CPAC Serves will feature two events: an adult tennis mixer from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with light refreshments and an evening exhibition at 8:15 p.m. where adult beverages will be served.
Former top pro tennis player Roko Karanusic from Croatia will also be playing at the event. He’s played against Anderson on other pro tours. Anderson and Karanusic will be at the 1:30 p.m. pro mixer, as well as the evening exhibition.
Anderson will play against some of College Park’s top junior players, and the club is voting to see which kids will get the chance to play with him next Monday. Wu added that the top junior players are high school age and are future college prospects.
The November 27th event will feature a live auction with items that will include: a week in Mexico, a Hamilton package, and tickets to the Bulls, Bears, Cubs and White Sox games.
College Park Athletic Club celebrated its 40th anniversary last February. “We didn’t isolate the celebration, as we’ve been doing small things all year long,” said Wu.
The club is located at 2223 Half Day Road, Bannockburn.
For more information visit: cpacserves2017 .