Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!) - MensTennisForums.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!)

Boca loves Andy Roddick
Charity tennis event hosted by the number one men’s player raises estimated $300,000

Published Monday, November 24, 2003
by Ashley Harrell
http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.p...NEWS&prid=6823

Tennis star Andy Roddick said it’s been a “whirlwind” since he won the 2003 US open, boosting him to top ranked men’s tennis player in the world.
“Everything is on a much bigger scale,” said 21-year-old Roddick, who told reporters that the coolest thing about being a star is the ability to raise a quarter of a million dollars for a good cause.
Roddick’s third annual charity weekend, sponsored by Reebok, included a Saturday evening dinner and dance, a free kid’s zone, and a tennis exhibition at FAU Sunday.
Celebrities that graced the neon blue court in the FAU gymnasium were Jim Courier, Chris Evert, Aaron Krickstein, Brian Vahaly, Brenda Schultz McCarthy, Patrick McEnroe, and surprise guest Jeff Conine of the Florida Marlins. Roddick’s girlfriend, Mandy Moore was rumored to be making an appearance, but she had MTV business in the Phillipeans according to Roddick’s mom.
The injured Courier commentated for Sunday’s matches, making witty remarks and questionable line calls to the enjoyment of the hundreds in attendance.
Roddick played three lighthearted sets with various combinations of the players, and claimed victories in all three.
The first match pitted Roddick against his best friend on the tour, Brian Vahaly, a top 50 tennis player from Atlanta who was recently named one of People Magazine’s 25 most eligible bachelors. But their friendship was put in jeopardy when Vahaly nailed Roddick in the arm with a deadly forehand.
“I’ve always wanted a tattoo,” joked Roddick. “It says Penn 4.”
After Roddick had his way with Vahaly, defeating him 6-3, he partnered up with Chris Evert against Aaron Krickstein and Brenda Schultz McCarthy.
Evert and Roddick are the only two professional tennis players to host NBC’s popular show, “Saturday Night Live.”
When asked about his favorite skits, Roddick answered, “the ones I wasn’t in.”
“I’m glad I’m better at tennis,” he said.
Prevailing over Krickstein and McCarthy, Roddick then teamed up with his coach Brad Gilbert to defeat Patrick Mackenroe and Krickstein in a tiebreaker, but the highlight of that match was when Gilbert pulled his pants down, mimicking Roddick, and Roddick answered by pulling them down even farther.
Proud mother, Blanche Roddick, said she doesn’t think of her son as a super star tennis player, but just as Andy.
“When he comes home, he’s just our son,” she said.
But kids in attendance have a different viewpoint. They said they look up to Roddick because he’s a great tennis player, and displays good sportsmanship.
“I like him because he serves so fast,” said 8-year-old Joey Brandler. “He’s going to sign my t-shirt.”
For sale at the event were “Andy” Bears signed by Roddick himself, raffle tickets for a 2004 Hummer H-2 Luxury Series, and a chance to return Roddick’s 149 mile per hour serve, which of course no one could.
At the end of the day, Charity Coordinator Doris Potter estimated that the events raised $300,000 that will go to the Kids in Distress Foundation, the Back to Basics Fund for Migrant Children, and Margaux’s Miracle Foundation.
When asked what he sees himself doing after tennis, Roddick replied, “I don’t know, but I think this charitable stuff has a lot to do with it.”

Last edited by Deboogle!.; 11-24-2003 at 02:58 PM.
Deboogle!. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 03:22 AM
psychotic banana
 
J. Corwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: jack in the box
Posts: 15,731
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

nice, thanks.
Although I don't know what's going with the pants thing. weird.

Like father, like son

"For seven and a half years I've worked alongside President Reagan. We've had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We've had some sex...uh...setbacks."
George H.W. Bush, 1988

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
George W. Bush, 2000

15.5 - 40.5 ... 2,1,1 demolition job
(fan club spots are still open! )
J. Corwin is offline  
post #3 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

yea I was sort of like what the hell? LOL

I love his sense of humor though the tattoo thing had me laughing out loud.
Deboogle!. is offline  
post #4 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 03:35 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Havok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montreal
Age: 31
Posts: 9,460
                     
well i think the whole pants thing goes down like this. since Andy wears his shorts fairly low, Brad pulled his usually high shorts lower to make fun of Andy, so in retaliation, Andy pulled them down. funny stuff but gotta love the fact that Andy does so many charity events and things like this, makes me appreciate being his fan even more. and about that tattoo thing he's funny this kid

Andy Roddick.Fernando Verdasco.Richard Gasquet.Tommy Haas





Havok is offline  
post #5 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 09:17 AM
Banned!
 
heya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 9,580
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

HAHAHA
Why can't they tape this charity for TV?!

What's new ABOUT Patrick losing a match?
Serves him right for
making boneheaded comments about Andy.
He shouldn't be allowed to be Davis Cup captain.
heya is offline  
post #6 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 01:33 PM
Blown Out On the Trail
 
star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 62,739
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

I thought the pant thing made sense. The only thing that was not clear from the story is whether Andy pulled Brad's pants down further, or his own down further. I'm thinking it was his own -- pushing them down even lower to challenge Gilbert.

It sounds like a fun event. Chris can be a cut up on the court too, so they were probably a good pair.
star is offline  
post #7 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

More articles

Roddick raises $350,000
BY GEORGE RICHARDS
grichards@herald.com
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald...is/7337228.htm

Andy Roddick has been on a whirlwind tour since winning the U.S. Open in September, but this weekend, Roddick came back to South Florida in the name of charity.

Roddick, a Boca Raton resident who recently bought a house in Austin, held a number of events in Boca Raton this weekend, raising more than $350,000 for his charitable foundation.

Saturday night, Roddick raised more than $275,000 at a dinner at a country club in Boca Raton. Sunday afternoon, he played host to a tennis event at the Florida Atlantic University gymnasium. The event also featured Chris Evert, Patrick McEnroe and Aaron Krickstein.

Sunday's event featured Roddick winning singles, doubles and mixed-doubled events on a makeshift court on FAU's wood floor.

After Roddick won his singles match, Reebok presented him with a check for $50,000 for his foundation.

''One of the great things about winning tennis matches is it presents a unique opportunity to raise money for charity,'' said Roddick, who ended the season ranked No. 1 in the world. ``That's pretty cool. Any time I can give back to kids who might be less fortunate is pretty much a no-brainer.''

Pic from previous article
Deboogle!. is offline  
post #8 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

Roddick a hit with teen, charity


By Rick Adelman, Special to The Palm Beach Post
Monday, November 24, 2003



BOCA RATON -- It may be a long time before Jennifer Stevens forgets her 15th birthday.

Stevens, a freshman at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami, hit tennis balls with Andy Roddick, the No. 1-ranked player in the world. The half-hour session at the Florida Atlantic University gym was part of the third annual Andy Roddick Charity Weekend, which included a dinner and auction Saturday night that Roddick said raised $250,000.

Roddick teamed with Chris Evert in a tennis exhibition Sunday that included Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe, Aaron Krickstein, Brenda Schultz McCarthy and Brian Vahaly. Jim Courier sat in the umpire's chair.

The proceeds from the weekend go to the Andy Roddick Foundation, which benefits children's charities.

Roddick's popularity has continued to soar since his victory in the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title.

"It's definitely been a whirlwind since the Open," said Roddick, 21, who owns homes in Boca Raton and Austin, Texas. "Everything has remained semi-sane, just on a much bigger scale. I used to be known kind of at tennis tournaments. Now it's pretty much when I go somewhere it's, 'Hey, how you doin'? Good job.' That's very cool."

Stevens attended last year's event and won a raffle prize to team with Roddick in a doubles match. But Roddick's schedule prevented him from playing until this year.

"I was really nervous in the beginning," she said. "But he's really nice. He was giving me pointers and I got used to it. I thought I did pretty well."

Stevens is No. 9 in the USTA Girls' 16 rankings and this summer won the Bush Florida Open and the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Super National Clay Courts. In January she plans to enter three pro tournaments on the Futures Tour.

Stevens even tried to return several of Roddick's serves, which have been timed at 149 mph. He eased up a bit Sunday, but still delivered plenty of heat.

"I just tried to touch it," Stevens said. "I think I returned one."
Deboogle!. is offline  
post #9 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

Roddick treats hometown fans for charity

By Tal Abbady
Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted November 24 2003

Boca Raton · Jim Courier called the shots from his umpire chair at the Andy Roddick Charity Extravaganza on Sunday. There were no grass courts or bowls of strawberries or somber-toned referees, but plenty of small children dragging rackets and mothers snapping digital cameras.

Player Brian Vahaly had just failed to return one of Andy Roddick's meteoric serves.

"Have some Gatorade, Brian," Courier, a former world No. 1 player, called as part of his running commentary of jokes during a singles set between Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and Vahaly.

When Vahaly's fans objected to Roddick's winning streak, Courier said, "We're getting heckling from the front row. The wealthy people are heckling Andy Roddick."

The game was part of a day of children's activities, tennis matches and celebrity appearances at Florida Atlantic University's gymnasium organized by the Andy Roddick Foundation.

The 21-year-old Boca Raton player and his family started the foundation three years ago to benefit children's causes. The beneficiaries of this year's fund-raiser include the Kids in Distress Foundation, the Back to Basics Fund for Migrant Children and the Margaux's Miracle Foundation. The FAU games followed Roddick's Saturday evening charity dinner and auction at the Boca Raton Executive Country Club, which sold 1,000 seats at $100 each.

"It's exceptional when an active player on the tour takes time to do this. He definitely has great roots, and his family has kept him down to Earth," said former world champion Chris Evert, who attended the event with her children. "Let's hope he stays that way. Now that he's number one, it's a whole different ballgame."

After Roddick's match with Vahaly, officials from Reebok, sponsor of Sunday's event, presented Roddick with a pair of bronze tennis shoes and a $50,000 check for his foundation. FAU President Frank Brogan, with the university's football team in tow, welcomed Roddick and hailed him as a local hero.

Earlier in the day, more than 500 children ranging from tots to teenagers lined up for target practice, tested the speed of their serves and volleyed for prizes in the makeshift courts outside the gymnasium staffed by volunteers from USA Tennis Florida, the statewide chapter of tennis teachers.

Hasheem Bason, 14, slammed an 86 mph ball into a thick net. He is a member of the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation, a program for disadvantaged youth, and he and several of the foundation's young players beamed at the thought of seeing Roddick play.

"It's good to come here and meet all these other players and see someone like Andy Roddick," said Bason, who started to play when he was 11. "I definitely want to play professionally. I just need to practice a bit more."
Deboogle!. is offline  
post #10 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success!

Pics!! I'm liking this shirt, can it replace the ugly striped thing he's worn since the summer?





Deboogle!. is offline  
post #11 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 03:18 PM
Blown Out On the Trail
 
star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 62,739
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!)

definintely a nice shirt.

Now let's work on the shoes.
star is offline  
post #12 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 04:36 PM
Banned!
 
heya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 9,580
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!)

Very sweet!!!!
heya is offline  
post #13 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 07:39 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Havok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montreal
Age: 31
Posts: 9,460
                     
i liked his blue/white striped combo, but if he had alternated with the other blue/blue one, it would have been much easier on the eyes instead of seeing the same exact one. liking the shirt, and don't make fun of the shoes, his shoes rock ok a little edit, just noticed which shoes he was wearing, and NOt those black/grey ones , the blue/white ones he's been wearing ever since the summer hardcourts

Andy Roddick.Fernando Verdasco.Richard Gasquet.Tommy Haas





Havok is offline  
post #14 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-25-2003, 02:01 AM
psychotic banana
 
J. Corwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: jack in the box
Posts: 15,731
                     
Re: Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!)

well at least it's a change.

I still liked his light gray shirt in the AO this year the best. But then again, it's probably because he didn't wear it for 347934027439038 weeks.

Like father, like son

"For seven and a half years I've worked alongside President Reagan. We've had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We've had some sex...uh...setbacks."
George H.W. Bush, 1988

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
George W. Bush, 2000

15.5 - 40.5 ... 2,1,1 demolition job
(fan club spots are still open! )
J. Corwin is offline  
post #15 of 73 (permalink) Old 11-25-2003, 02:23 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Havok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montreal
Age: 31
Posts: 9,460
                     
no, his orange outfits during clay/grass season rules

Andy Roddick.Fernando Verdasco.Richard Gasquet.Tommy Haas





Havok is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome