DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS PARTNERS WITH MATCHPOINT MINISTRIES TO HOST FIRST EVER FELLOWSHIP EVENT
SAINT ANDREWS TENNIS COACH HONORED AT AWARDS BREAKFAST
Boca Raton, FL (March 6, 2009) – The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) and
MatchPoint Ministries (MPM), an 8-year old established Christian tennis ministry in Florida , held
the inaugural Spiritually Tough Tennis Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, February 25 at the ITC. This
fellowship event set the bar in the professional tennis world as the very first of its kind at an
ATP Tour event.
“The NFL, MLB and PGA all have similar events yet the ATP World Tour is yet to establish a
Christian Ministry for their players, coaches and fans,” said Carl Foster Match Point Ministries
Executive Director. “We are launching the program at the Delray Beach ITC with plans for the BMW
Tennis Championships in Sunrise , FL, and the Sony Ericsson in Key Biscayne with Pro Outreach
plans for worldwide travel as funds allow.”
The Awards Breakfast was established to bring fellowship and awareness of the “spiritual”
importance and influence in sports and to honor amateur and professional tennis players and
coaches with the ACE Awards of Excellence for their contributions in service and philanthropic
efforts off the courts as well as their sportsmanship on the courts.
ATP World Tour player David Martin was recognized at the event for his leading role as one of a
handful of Christian players on the tour. Scott Williams, founder of Match Point Ministries,
author of “Serious Tennis” and host of the new DVD series, “Spiritually Tough Tennis” was the
recipient of the Coach of the Year. Williams is the tennis coach at Saint Andrews School
in Boca Raton and has worked with tour players for years.
World renowned tennis coach and author Wayne Bryan was honored as the Tennis Parent of the Year
and Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s #1 doubles team as the ACE Role Models of the Year.
In total nearly $10,000 was raised at the breakfast which will go towards youth Spiritually
Tough Tennis camp scholarships and to MPM resources and programs as the non-profit organization,
focuses on serving the tennis world by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a
difference for Christ. For more information about MPM visit www.matchpointministries.com.
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Terri Neil Public Relations