June 9th, 2016

Tallahassee Tennis Blog: ‘Perfect Match’ Helps Foster Children Statewide

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OCOC 2The 6th Annual “Perfect Match” Tournament, using a doubles and singles format, was held at Tom Brown Park on June 4, 2016. The proceeds from the tournament were given to One Church One Child (OCOC) of Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization with a primary mission to find families and permanent homes for children waiting in the foster care system.

OCOC is funded in part through support from the Florida Department of Children and Families, private donations, grants, and fundraisers.

Although Reverend Al Williams, deputy director of OCOC and tournament organizer, is pleased that the tournament was able to generate more revenue this year over last year, the primary purpose of the tournament is “to raise community awareness and involvement in addressing the needs of children who are in foster care seeking permanent adoption.”

OCOC 3Tournament Director Lenin Mongerie was very pleased with the increased participation in the tournament this year, as well as the increased number of volunteers providing assistance. As part of the tournament, youth representing local area schools were treated to a tennis clinic as well as lunch. They also each received a hand painted duffle bag with a t-shirt and goodies inside.

Support for the tournament came from many community volunteers representing: Fresh Market; Subway; Tropical Smoothie; Papa John’s Pizza; Winn Dixie; Piggly Wiggly; State Farm (Gayla Parks); Florida Blue; Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs; Four Seasons Hotel; Venom Foundation; Florida A&M University (Physical Therapy Department); Popular Mechanix; and First Commerce Credit Union.

The results of the tournament are as follows: Mixed 8.0 Doubles – Renee Howard/Mike Oately (Winners) and Valley/Devon Richardson (Finalists); Men Doubles 8.0 – Sachin Murthy/Cecil Spears (W) and Jerry Woods/ Chip Chipman (F); Men 7.5 Doubles – Nate Tanner/Devon Richardson (W) and Jonathan Henry/Jonathon Watkins (F); and 3.5 Singles – Andrew Lawyer (W) and Nick Cratti (F).

For more information on One Church One Child, please visit www.ococfl.org or email OCOC at info@ococfl.org.