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Ruth Shiflett KIWANIS / Shoes for Kids
Charity Tennis Event

This event has been postponed to a later date, to be announced.

Jak has been dedicated for many years in promoting and growing the sport of tennis through teaching, coaching, special event hosting, and especially by bringing players of all levels together for the love of the game. He frequently offers his services pro-bono.

Shoes for Kids Beginning in April 2020, our 12th year of the Kiwanis/Shoes for Kids Tennis Charity tournament, the event will become the RUTH SHIFLETT SHOES FOR KIDS TENNIS CHARITY in honor of Ruth, who sadly passed away July 2019.

Ruth, our player hospitality coordinator, hostess and much more, was a tireless supporter of the fund raiser and its great success, and always exemplified to the nth degree the spirit of providing for the neediest children in Charlotte County.

Shoes for Kids Project raises funds and collects new, donated shoes through numerous events throughout the year.

This year's event was hosted in Punta Gorda by the Twin Isles Country Club and presented by Thomas Gruber Creek Side RV Resort. In the 10-year history of this tennis event, a total of $49,000 has been raised through sponsorships, donations, player entry fees and raffles. This has afforded thousands of athletic shoes for the neediest children in Charlotte County, distributed throughout the school system.

Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte and Charlotte SUN sponsor the Shoes for Kids Project. They collect new tennis and/or athletic shoes of any size for children (pre-K, elementary, middle and high) for the Charlotte County, FL public school system. These shoes are then distributed to students who are in need of a new pair of sneakers.

Contact: Christy Smith at 941-637-5611 or christyksmith@embarqmail.com, or write to Christy at: 1489 Market Circle, Unit 308, Port Charlotte, FL 33953, for locations to drop off shoes or for making a monetary donation to this worthy local cause anytime!

April, 2019 Shoes for Kids Event

A heartfelt Thank You to all who participated, attended and donated to this year's Shoes for Kids Tennis Championships!

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Thanks to all our major sponsors, and all the individual sponsors as well!

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Bag Check

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Christy on High Alert

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Meghan

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Doubles

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Doubles

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Meghan

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Karen, Anne, Mark, Rich

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Doubles

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Patty at the Draw Party

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Final

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A thumbs up

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Enjoying the event

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Discussing the game

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Ready to go?!

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Preparing to Serve

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Reiner

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Incoming

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Jackie Faulk

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Lisa

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Congrats

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Peggy, Steve, Jack

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Men's Singles

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Men's Singles

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Men's Singles

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Patti Linn in Gallery

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Fun with Friends

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Scrutiny by the Chair Umpire

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Stephan

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Susan Wins

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The Gallery

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Tournament Director Jak Beardsworth

Pictures Courtesy of Deb Peterson and Sue Parks