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ATP Pro David Martin; Ryan Fitzwilliam, Jim Martz and Cleveland Family receive Spiritually Tough Tennis Awards

Boca Raton, FL (March 10, 2010)
– Match Point Ministries (MPM) held the 2nd Annual Spiritually Tough Tennis Awards Breakfast with the Pros Saturday, February 27th, 2010, in Boca Raton, Florida, featuring former tennis teaching professional and current real estate artist, 5-time Best-Selling author and PhilanthroCapitalist, Frank McKinney. The theme was "From Tennis to The Tap, Serving Aces for God’s Kingdom."

This 2nd ACE Awards event honored the Cleveland Family (Don and Casey) of Boca Raton, Florida, as Spiritually Tough Tennis Family of the Year; ATP Touring Professional, David Martin, ACE Role Model of the Year, Ryan Fitzwilliam, Tennis Coach of the Year; Jim Martz, Florida Tennis Magazine Founder/Editor, Good Sports Media Service Award. Brett Hobden, Tennis Channel, presented the Good Sports Media Award and shared his testimony with life lessons on and off the court.

Martin, a current top ATP Doubles player on tour stated, "I am truly honored and humbled. To be honored by those I highly esteem touches my heart, and I only hope that my Lord feels the same as my peers. It is in the spirit of thanks, gratitude, celebration and joy in Christ that I accept this award."

McKinney shared an inspirational message of how his tennis and faith has lead him on an unbelievable 'Tapped' journey in God’s Kingdom, "If it wasn’t for what I learned competing and teaching on the tennis court, I never would have gained the confidence to succeed in the business we are all in, the business of life. While I only played Men’s Open tournaments (with a high ranking of #12 in Florida), the discipline, strategy and quick decision making required on the tennis court goes a long way after the rackets are packed away," stated the best-selling author of "The Tap."

"I am honored to contribute to the good works of Match Point and am thankful for their involvement of our Caring House Project Foundation at this year’s event," added McKinney.

The Awards Breakfast, hosted by Scott Williams, founder of Match Point Ministries (MPM), author of "Serious Tennis" and host of the popular DVD series, Spiritually Tough Tennis (STT), honored 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.

"We created this event as an outreach to create awareness of the tennis and media ministry and to help raise funds to support the Good Sports radio/tv programs, STT summer camp scholarships and Pro Outreach activities associated with Match Point Ministries.

"We are excited to team up to help the great work of Frank’s Caring House Project Foundation and relief work in Haiti," said MPM Executive Director Carl Foster.

About Match Point Ministries:
MPM focuses on serving the tennis world by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.  For over 8 years, MPM has sought to impact the tennis world through the influence of amateur and professional athletes and coaches.  MPM uses the powerful medium of tennis to impact the world for Jesus Christ. ..every athlete…every coach…every court.

About Caring House Project Foundation:
"The Caring House Project Foundation shall create projects based upon self-sufficiency by providing housing, food, water, medical support and opportunity for the desperately poor and homeless from around the world, particularly in the Caribbean, South America, Indonesia, Africa and here in the United States."

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