Tennis classic supports programs for underserved youth

On Saturday Oct. 15, players from Shelby and DeSoto County came together to participate in the 9th Y-MOT Tennis Classic.  

This year’s tournament was held on the indoor clay courts at the Tunica National Tennis Center. 

Eighteen players came to play and support a campaign to raise funds benefiting after school programs for underserved youth in Memphis.

Y-MOT is also in the midst of raising funds to construct USTA sanctioned tennis courts for at-risk youth living in the 38109 zip code of Memphis.

The courts and programs will be accessible for youth living in Shelby and DeSoto counties.

Y-MOT, INC. (Young Men of Tomorrow ) is a faith based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth spiritually, mentally and physically by promoting and developing their overall health and wellness.

The Executive Director of Y-MOT is Patrick Simmons.

“We would like to thank the staff of the Tunica National Tennis Center, especially Donny Flowers and Davis Owen for their hospitality,” said Simmons.

The winners of this year’s tournament were:

Riley Gill and Luz Saguiguit, Doubles Grand Champions – Group A; and Vonya Day and Kamlesh Patel, Doubles Champions – Group B

For more information: visit http://www.y-mot.org 

Y-MOT Tennis Classic

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