HOOKSETT – On Saturday, June 8th, Advantage Kids and Southern New Hampshire University are hosting a men’s doubles tennis tournament to honor the memory of local hero, the late John Jr. Donovan Jr.
The John J. Donovan Jr. Memorial Men’s Doubles Tournament is an expression of gratitude for a gift made to Advantage Kids by the late Donovan Jr.’s trust, given to benefit the expansion of youth tennis programming in New Hampshire. Advantage Kids serves over one thousand NH children with free, accessible, dynamic tennis lessons and events.
John J. Donovan Jr. was a beloved father, first and foremost. He was known to his community as a businessman and philanthropist, giving time and financial support to many organizations. He loved to fly helicopters and airplanes, spend time with his family, and volunteer his time.
John J. Donovan Jr. owned the Manchester Athletic Club and was very active in the tennis community before losing a battle with adrenal cancer. His relationships and reputation in the tennis world remain solid today, and Advantage Kids expects to see an impressive turnout at the June 8th Men’s Doubles Tournament.
“He wanted to grow tennis in New Hampshire,” Tournament Organizer Becky Killinger said of the late John Jr.
She went on to add, “I think having this tournament as both a memorial and a fundraiser is so good for his family and his memory. It shows that we are all on the same team, working to bring more tennis to New Hampshire kids. It’s a great way to honor his memory and show appreciation for his gift.”
Since this is an unsanctioned tournament, any adult male can register through USTA’s TennisLink site to play. Singles will be paired up on the day of the event. Registration is a $50 per team minimum donation, and additional donations are accepted on AdvantageKids.net or at the event.
Advantage Kids, a NH nonprofit organization, is hosting the John J. Donovan Jr. Memorial Men’s Doubles Tournament at Southern New Hampshire University’s outdoor tennis courts on Saturday, June 8th at 9am. In case of rain, the tournament will be held the next day, Sunday, June 9th, at Longfellow Tennis and Swim Club. Registration is now open on USTA’s TennisLink.