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Dragon Tennis: Helping Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Orlando, Florida- The city of Orlando is lending a hand to its faraway friends in the Philippines…through tennis. Players from all around Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa, are joining in the RealRealCool.com Typhoon Tennis Tournament this Saturday December 7th. The multicultural affair will be hosted by the Orlando Tennis Centre. The event is being organized by world renown sports production company Dragon Promotions and co-sponsored by Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum of Orlando District 5. The purpose of the tournament is to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines, and also raise awareness of the plight of the people affected by the monster storm.
“I was actually in the Philippines the day the typhoon hit. You feel helpless when mother nature decides to rain on you. But at least in the aftermath, we can all do our part to pitch in”, said Charlie Williams of Dragon Promotions, Executive Producer of the event. Williams is a 16 year resident of Orlando and started playing tennis a little over 3 years ago. Williams continues,”I love tennis. And it so happens that many of my tennis friends are Filipino, so it was a natural for me to get them all involved in this project.”
Dragon Promotions is renown in the Philippines as the event organizers of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship and the JBET.com Queens Cup. The two largest women’s sporting events in the country.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November with a force 400% stronger than Hurricane Katrina. It was the mightiest storm ever recorded in history to make landfall. Over 5000 people died during the storm and the United Nations estimates 11 million people were negatively affected.
“I am very pleased to have my district involved with Dragon Promotions in this great charity event for the Philippines. The Typhoon Haiyan was a terrible disaster. It’s great to see local Orlando businesses and the people of our city come together to show support for a foreign nation through the spirit of sports. We welcome everyone to come attend and enjoy the Typhoon Haiyan Tennis Tournament at the downtown Orlando Tennis Centre”, said Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum of Orlando District 5.
Several international communities in Orlando have gotten behind the event. Player representatives from the Korean, Vietnamese, Hispanic and Filipino communities will be in attendance. The event is a doubles format with a open division and women’s division. The tournament is open to all players of amateur status. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.
The event is sponsored by international companies such as www.RealRealCool.com, Dragon Promotions, and Pool & Billiard Magazine. Local Orlando businesses such as Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park, DC/AC Air Conditioning, Florida Game Room, and Dynasty Auto are all contributors.
“It’s terrific to see so many people getting behind this event for the Typhoon Haiyan relief. I’m very happy to see the Orlando Tennis Centre utilized in such a positive manner and promoting good health and goodwill through tennis. I look forward to seeing people from all walks of life attending our Orlando event”, said Tom Sweitzer, Director of the Orlando Tennis Centre. The money raised will be sent to the Philippines #1 TV network ABS-CBN that has set up its charity Sagip Kapamilya, and also the Philippine Red Cross.
The tournament begins at 12 noon this Saturday and is free to watch to anyone attending. To play, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (407) 246-4469 Visit www.DragonPromotions.com and Follow the event on www.facebook.com/internationaltennis