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March 11, 2014 > Letter to the Editor: Tenndeavor gives back to the community

Letter to the Editor: Tenndeavor gives back to the community

World Tennis Day, celebrated March 3, was launched last year by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and StarGames with the goal of promoting the sport of tennis and increasing tennis participation among young players around the globe. In recognition of this special day, Tenndeavor donated $1,000 on February 26th to Centerville Jr. HighÕs Intramural Tennis Program for equipment and in support of local youth lessons.

My colleagues and I, former professional tennis players, founded Tenndeavor to offer tennis clinics, lessons and services in local communities; I was born in Fremont and raised in the Bay Area. Centerville Jr. High was the first school where I began to donate my time a few years ago. It is here that the idea for volunteering and doing charitable work began. Most of the students had never played tennis but showed great athletic potential. Without proper exposure to the sport and help from someone to teach them the game, they would never have had the opportunity to learn the sport. It seemed only fitting to give back to the school where it all started by providing this particular junior high school with the funding necessary to continue an on-site tennis program.

It is TenndeavorÕs goal to make an impact in the Bay Area by providing opportunities for our youth to participate in tennis and enjoy the fun and healthy lifestyle this sport promotes. For more information, visit

Geoff Gehrke

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