August 22nd, 2018

Gainesville Tennis Gala Fundraiser with UF to Feature Todd Martin, MalVai Washington, Bryan Shelton

General News Charity Event

The Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA), an official USTA Florida Community Tennis Association, and the University of Florida’s Wasdin Lecture Series are teaming to host the 5th annual AIM For The Stars gala, benefiting the GACTA’s Aces in Motion after-school programs, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Cade Museum in Gainesville, Fla.

MaliVai Washington and Todd Martin

Guest speakers will include former Jacksonville resident Todd Martin, current CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.; MaliVai Washington, former Wimbledon finalist and founder of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Jacksonville; and Bryan Shelton, former ATP player and coach of the UF men’s tennis team.

The evening will include cocktails, auctions, a seated dinner and dancing, with VIP tickets available.

The mission of the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association is to promote health, character development, and academic achievement through tennis. GACTA’s programs include a Middle School Tennis League and Aces in Motion, a tennis outreach program for people of all abilities, with a focus on underserved youth and support of community tennis events.

UF’s College of Health and Human Performance and Tom and Susie Wasdin established the Wasdin Lecture Series to invite prominent thought leaders from the world of sports to UF annually to enlighten and inspire the community by sharing their expertise and life experiences. The university is committed to utilizing each annual Wasdin Lecture as a platform to create awareness, engagement, and new resources for a few of their most promising outreach, teaching, and research programs related to sports and physical activity.

The Cade Museum is located at 811 South Main Street in Gainesville.

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