Norwalk Grassroots Tennis tournament Sept. 26

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT), an organization that provides tennis and developmental programs supporting Norwalk’s inner-city youth, is holding its annual charity event on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The 8th Annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament, open to all high school students, will be played at both Longshore Park in Westport and Weston Field Club from 10 to 3.

The tournament was conceived and inaugurated in 2008 and raised more than $3,000. In 2013, more than $25,000 was raised.

The 2015 turnout is expected to be very strong, with more than 300 invitees from local high schools from all over Southwestern Connecticut.

“The response has been so strong and new schools are added every year,” said Will Andrews, one of this year’s event co-chairpersons. “All of the participants feel so strongly about helping to raise money for such a worthy cause and feel fortunate doing so by playing a sport they love. The play is quite competitive but also a lot of fun.”

“The Autumn Classic is a tremendous boost to Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, bringing together generous long-time supporters while continuing to attract first-time donors to our program,” said Art Goldblatt, founder and president emeritus of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. “With the enthusiastic and generous support of the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come.

The registration fee for the tournament is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, trophies, and giveaways from the organization’s supporters. Tennis players from all high schools are welcome. The format will be boys and girls doubles, both divided into varsity and JV brackets.

Madeleine Stowe is the committee member for Wilton High School.

For more information, contact Will Andrews at 203-216-3533 or email him at

Additional information and online registration is available here.