The South Hills residents will come together on Sept. 14 for tennis matches and a community health fair to take a stand against cancer.
Serve2Cure, in its ninth year, aims to provide something for everyone, from experienced tennis players to families looking to learn more about health and wellness.
The community-run fundraiser, which this year will benefit the Cancer Caring Center, will be held at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, 900 Cedar Blvd. Tennis play for intermediate and advanced levels will begin at 8:30 a.m.
“It really all goes back to our mission of rallying the community around raising awareness and funds for cancer,” said Robin Scibek, committee member for Serve2Cure.
Serve2Cure was started in 2011 by a group of Mt. Lebanon-area women who all had relatives or friends suffering from cancer. They loved playing tennis, Scibek said, so they gathered around the sport they loved to raise money for a cause that was important to them.
Over the years, Serve2Cure has donated more than $125,000 to local charities that support fighting cancer or conduct research to find a cure.
Each year, a different organization is selected as the beneficiary.
“There are so many great organizations out there, it’s hard to choose one,” Scibek said.
The Cancer Caring Center is “thrilled” to receive proceeds from this year’s event, said Rebecca Whitlinger, executive director.
“It was an honor,” she said, adding that the money will go towards the free programming they offer, that includes community support groups and counseling.
Over the years, Serve2Cure has become more of a community event.
The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with a single-elimination mixed-doubles tournament for intermediate (level 3.0-3.5) and advanced (level 3.5+) players.
There also will be three, 90-minute rounds of triples play throughout the tournament. Triples players can participate in one or all three triples session, held at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Player registration is available at www.serve2cure.org. The cost is $85 to play and allows participants to play in both doubles and triples. Registration also includes lunch.
The day also will include a health expo, where local health care providers will be present to offer services and support. That will include a wide range of participants, from blood pressure screenings to massage therapy to essential oils.
Lovell Healthcare Group, the event’s presenting sponsor, will be present. Community resources also will be available.
The day also will include free 30 minute beginners clinics for children and adults.
Families who stop by also can try their hand at a game of cornhole and sit back and watch a game of tennis, while DJ Hank Hughes, the pro on staff at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, mixes beats.
All of this creates a fun atmosphere, Scibek said.
There also will be basket raffles and a silent auction with a variety of giveaways.
People also can buy an old tennis ball and write the name of someone who has been affected by cancer on it for The Ace Cancer Recognition Wall that will be displayed along Cedar Boulevard.
“It’s just a great opportunity to recognize a loved one who has either lost their battle to cancer, someone who is fighting cancer, someone who has fought and won,” Scibek said. “Our hope is to fill that wall and really show that impact in our community.”
For more information on the day, visit www.serve2cure.org.