The Nelson Tennis Foundation is an outgrowth of the original Berry Creek Pro-Am event. In 1997 and 1998, the Pro-Am event was held to raise money for a local charity. The Nelsons were active participants of the Tennis Committee at Berry Creek and very involved in the Pro-Am event. In 1999 it was decided that the Jane and Charles Nelson Tennis Scholarship would be established and the event would become the Nelson Scholarship Tennis Classic. The tournament weekend, including both a live and silent auction, has become the main fund-raiser for the Foundation. In recent years, additional fund-raisers have been added including a July 4th 5K race and a wine tasting.
The event and the scholarship operated under the guidance of the Berry Creek Tennis Committee until 2002. At that time the Foundation was recognized as a not-for-profit organization and a permanent Board of Directors was established. The mission of the board is to benefit youth in the pursuit of tennis as a life-long sport. The actual mission statement of the NTF is “To promote the game of tennis in the Georgetown community.” Scholarship recipients are considered for leadership, community involvement, being a supportive tennis team member, and a solid student.
Jane and Charles “Coach” Nelson are retired educators with 70 combined years of teaching experience in the public schools. In June 2008, Coach passed away yet he is still an inspiration to those who remember his encouragement and guidance around the courts. Jane and Coach exemplify the spirit of the game of tennis and a commitment to life-long learning. They believe in family, giving back to the community, promotion of children, and education. We are proud and honored that they have dedicated their time to this scholarship foundation.
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