Madisen’s Match- A great tennis experience for a wonderful cause
Duane Chaney, a friend of mine and past TCC client started a wonderful charity tennis event in 2009 to raise money to help his niece, Madisen to recover from inoperable brain tumor. She was only 3 years old at the time. He enlisted the help of 4 remarkable professional tennis players, Michael Pernfors, Murphy Jensen, Tom Gullikson, and Cliff Drysdale to launch the first event in 2005. They were fantastic! They generously contributed their time, their energies and their souls to create a fun learning experience for all attendees.
Madisen’s Match has grown to become the premier tennis event in the Fort Myers area, and Duane has raised over $150,000 to buy special equipment and for treatment programs to help children like Madisen survive and thrive. AND Madisen is alive and doing well having recovered remarkably. What a great story.
I have attended every event except one when I was called away to New Zealand for another special event, and this year’s event promises to be even better than the others. The next Madisen’s Match will be held on March 28, and March 29 at The Landings Yacht, Golf, and Tennis Club in Fort Myers, Florida. I encourage you to watch the short promotional video imbedded in this blog to learn more about this event.
As an attendee I get to play with, play against, learn from, and visit with these star-studded players: Murphy Jensen, Luke Jensen, Tom Gullikson, Michael Pernfors, Don Johnson, Jared Palmer and more. All of these players have won too many tennis tournaments, including a number of the Majors to list here. They proved they are the best in the world, and they still play excellent tennis. They also proved a commitment to share their successes, tips and teaching opportunities to help everyone who shows up. They are true givers. I always leave with more understanding of how to improve my tennis, and far more respect for the superb quality of tennis they play that too often looks much easier on TV. They make playing and learning tennis a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
I am really looking forward to attending this year and I encourage anyone who can to join in. Even if you do not play tennis, watching their exhibition matches will be well worth it. They put on a great entertaining show. See you on March 28!