2017 Wrap up

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Thanks for making the 13th tournament a success: together we raised over $65,000.
See the photographs from Friday and Saturday, along with some of our division winners and finalists.

160 players competed in women’s, men’s and mixed doubles round robin play.  Rain kept us off the courts at Ohio State, but thanks to Beth Fitzgerald of Elysium Tennis and Heath Elliot at the Players Club, the tournament moved indoors.
Division prizes were generously donated by Tennis Warehouse and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.  

Special thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods for donating Wilson gear: t-shirts, hats, towels and keychains. Also thanks to Ty Tucker, coach of The Ohio State Men’s Tennis team and Rick McClure, Men’s and Women’s Coach at Loyola Maryland, for donating tennis apparel as prizes. 

DONORS

  • Adriatico’s Pizza
  • Aqua Systems                                    
  • Cameron Mitchell Restaurants                   
  • The Crouser Family                              
  • Elysium Tennis                          
  • HY Connect/Kevin Houlihan 
  • Mike Haddow 
  • Kroger
  • Loyola University Maryland, Athletics 
  • The Players Club        
  • OSU Department of Athletics
  • Richard Simon 
  • Rita’s Italian Ice                                     
  • Tennis LTD                      
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Trophy & Plaque Shack/Charlie Pierce
  • Whole Foods   
  • Wilson Sporting Goods           
  • Tennis Warehouse 

SPONSORS

  • Bernard & Suzanne McDonald
  • Midland Metal
  • Tom Ferguson
  • North Development
  • Michael Pace
  • Dan Arends & Family
  • Jim Wolf & Family
  • Robert McConnell & Family
  • Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Hanover Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Kingsdale Gynecologic Associates
  • Broadway Cares
  • Kewchang Lee
  • Gary Kennedy & Family
  • Cathy & John Benninger
  • Mark Yesayia
  • Sue Simon

A tribute to J. Richard Simon

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Sue Simon is a member of the Diaz family who has been dedicated to the tournament and its mission since the beginning.  We would like to honor Sue’s father, J. Richard Simon, who lost a long fought battle to Parkinson’s disease on May 3rd, at the age of 87.

Sue describes her dad as “kind, curious, loved the arts (especially symphonies and ballet), an avid runner (bow-legged style), a great listener (though he never uttered more than about 30 words per day), extremely liberal (spent his latter years glued to MSNBC), supported scholarships for high school and college students across the country, connoisseur of Scotch, taught Industrial Psychology and Engineering at the University of Iowa for 50+ years (google "the Simon Effect" if you've been thinking about stimulus and response issues), not handy with tools, an Anglophile (took 7 sabbaticals and his Fulbright year in the UK), a consumer of dessert at every meal, and possessor of twinkly brown eyes and tender feet.”

2017 Honoree: Doug Campbell

Wesley Allen Douglas Campbell II, affectionately known as Dougie, was born in 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He spent most of his childhood in South Carolina and Florida before moving to Ohio.  He had a long decorated career that included being a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table in 1986.

Away from work, Doug was an avid golfer and active in Our Lady of Victory parish and the Knights of Columbus.  Doug was also very active in the sport of field hockey. He created the Central Ohio Field Hockey Officials' Association. In doing so, he reshaped officiating and created a model for the state. The growth that emerged was due to his leadership and passionate caring personality. He knew when to be tough, when to laugh and when to lead.  Although Doug passed away from pancreatic cancer on November 27, 2015 his spirit lives on through the Doug Campbell Courage Scholarship, created in his honor for central Ohio field hockey players who have shown similar courage in their lives.  

The tournament is grateful to have the Campbell family as part of the 2017 tournament: Doug's wife Heather, sons Wesley and Graham and his daughter Wynne, along with all those who considered Doug their friend and advisor and who miss his big smile and sense of humor.

2016 Wrap up

The 12th Annual Mary Diaz & William Copeland Jr. Memorial Tennis Tournament raised over $65,000!  Friday night, July 22nd, more than 50 enthusiastic tennis players came out to enjoy doubles drills in anticipation of tournament play the next day. Special thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods for donating a racket, t-shirts, hats and towels, also to Ty Tucker, coach of The Ohio State Men’s Tennis team, for donating tennis apparel as prizes. 

On Saturday over 120 players competed in women’s, men’s and mixed doubles round robin play at the Ohio State University.   Division prizes were generously donated by Tennis Warehouse and Cathy & John Benninger.
See photos of division winners and all the players and participants here

We would like to thank the following sponsors and in-kind donors for their support: 

SPONSORS

  • Bernard & Suzanne McDonald
  • Midland Metal
  • Tom Ferguson
  • North Development
  • Michael Pace
  • Dan Arends & Family
  • Jim Wolf & Family
  • Hartshorne & Plunkard
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Hanover Insurance Company
  • Broadway Cares
  • Kewchang Lee
  • Gary Kennedy & Family
  • Cathy & John Benninger
  • Mark Yesayian
  • Sue Simon
  • Scott Miller & Family
  • Donna Benoit

Donors

  • Adriatico’s Pizza
  • Aqua Systems                                    
  • John & Cathy Benninger                                  
  • Cameron Mitchell Restaurants                    
  • The Crouser Family                              
  • Elysium Tennis                          
  • HY Connect/Kevin Houlihan     
  • Mike Haddow                   
  • The Players Club        
  • OSU Department of Athletics 
  • Rita’s Italian Ice                      
  • Salon by Azzaro               
  • Tennis LTD                      
  • Trophy & Plaque Shack/Charlie Pierce    
  • Wilson Sporting Goods                 
  • Tennis Warehouse       

A Tribute to Lillian "Nona" Tait

Lillian “Nona” Tait was a treasured part of the Mary Diaz & William Copeland Jr. Memorial Tennis Tournament community. Working the check in desk, roaming the courts to see if anything was needed, and readying the feast for the big cookout, Lillian was always willing to lend a hand.  Although these tangible contributions were much needed, it was her spirit and attitude that made the biggest difference.  The qualities of selflessness, generosity, and love that she emanated, are what this event was built on.  Lillian will be greatly missed but will continue to inspire us with each tournament to come.  We love you Nona.

 

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2015 Wrap up

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 11th Annual Mary Diaz and William Copeland Jr. Memorial Tennis Tournament a rousing success. 

On Friday night, July 17th, more than 50 players came out to enjoy doubles drills in anticipation of tournament play the next day. 
A big shout out to Ty Tucker, coach of The Ohio State Men’s Tennis team for donating tennis apparel as prizes earned during drills and to Heath Elliott, manager of the Player’s Club, for donating indoor court time.

Over 125 tennis enthusiasts joined us Saturday for women’s, men’s and mixed doubles round robin play at the Ohio State University. 
See the 2015 photo galleries for players in all the various divisions. 
To date, the 2015 tournament has raised over $60,000. 

We would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their support:

SPONSORS
Alison Anderson
Arends Family
Randee Berg
Paul Delson Family
Greater Columbus Tennis Association
Harleysville/Nationwide Insurance Companies
Hanover Insurance Company
Kennedy Family
Kewchang Lee
Ken Kuchin
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Bernard and Suzanne McDonald
Midland Metal Products Company
North Development
Renew BioMass
Michael and Linda Pace
Tom Viola (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
Wendy Saul
Sue Simon and J. Richard Simon
Reid Williams
Mark Yesayian & Scott Lauze

 

DONORS
Adriaticos Pizza
Aqua Systems
John & Cathy Benninger
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Campus Auto Service
Greg Contro
Crouser Family
Elysium Tennis
HY Connect/Kevin Houlihan
Mike Haddow
The Players Club
OSU Department of Athletics
Rita’s Italian Ice
Salon by Azzaro
Tennis LTD
Trophy & Plaque Shack/Charlie Pierce

Hope to see you on the courts again next summer!
The Diaz Family

2014 Wrap up

Thank you to all those who helped make the Mary Diaz and William Copeland Jr. 10th Annual Memorial Tennis tournament a rousing success! Over seventy family, friends, and tennis enthusiasts came out Friday night, July 18th to help kick off the tournament at The Ohio State University tennis courts.  The evening featured doubles drills and a delicious pizza dinner donated by Adriaticos.   Unhampered by rain on Saturday, the tournament moved indoors, thanks to Brian Heil and the gracious team at Elysium Tennis.  One hundred and twenty players competed in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles draws; champions were crowned in Open through Buddy divisions.

The 2014 tournament raised $62,000, making it the most successful tournament to date.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, in-kind donors, players and generous donors.  Your support is making a difference in the fight to cure pancreatic cancer!

Wilson donates a signed Venus Williams racquet

Wilson has donated a signed Venus Williams racket.  Special thanks to Wilson rep, Ron Rocchi, and teaching pro Greg Contro.  The racket will be auctioned off at the tournament.