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Andy's charity night a big success! (now w/pics!)

11-24-2003, 01:27 AM
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

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.”

J. Corwin
11-24-2003, 02:22 AM
nice, thanks.
Although I don't know what's going with the pants thing. weird.

11-24-2003, 02:32 AM
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.

11-24-2003, 02:35 AM
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:haha: 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:lol::haha: he's funny this kid

11-24-2003, 08:17 AM
Why can't they tape this charity for TV?!

What's new ABOUT Patrick losing a match? :p
Serves him right for
making boneheaded comments about Andy.
He shouldn't be allowed to be Davis Cup captain.

11-24-2003, 12:33 PM
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.

11-24-2003, 01:27 PM
More articles :)

Roddick raises $350,000

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

11-24-2003, 01:28 PM
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."

11-24-2003, 01:31 PM
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."

11-24-2003, 01:57 PM
Pics!! I'm liking this shirt, can it replace the ugly striped thing he's worn since the summer?

11-24-2003, 02:18 PM
definintely a nice shirt.

Now let's work on the shoes. :)

11-24-2003, 03:36 PM
Very sweet!!!!

11-24-2003, 06:39 PM
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:banana: ok a little edit, just noticed which shoes he was wearing, and NOt those black/grey ones :o , the blue/white ones he's been wearing ever since the summer hardcourts

J. Corwin
11-25-2003, 01:01 AM
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.

11-25-2003, 01:23 AM
no, his orange outfits during clay/grass season rules:worship:

11-25-2003, 01:49 AM
yea Reebok's a big company they can make him a new outfit every couple tourneys ;)

11-25-2003, 02:40 AM
well they should have made an outfit per quarter, but they didn't for the last quarter, so we got stuck with the same outfit for the 2nd half of the year

11-25-2003, 02:50 AM
aha..... well then they suck!!! lol

11-25-2003, 02:57 AM
lol. but now that the know just how BIG Roddick is, don't be surprised if he has 4 different sets of clothes per season. he got 3/4 this year, and now being a GS champion and #1, they shouldn give him more clothes. but i want them to stage a comeback for the color GREEN, like the outfit he had of 2001, or really vibrant colors. not too flashy, but vibrant coz that's what Andy is

J. Corwin
11-25-2003, 04:30 AM
lol..nice sig, Naldo

11-25-2003, 01:15 PM

J. Corwin
11-25-2003, 04:24 PM

11-25-2003, 09:51 PM
i just had a revelation, can the shirt be babolat? their logo is 3 stripes

J. Corwin
11-25-2003, 11:53 PM
Interesting epiphany.

11-26-2003, 12:15 AM
nope, it's Reebok, I have a bigger pic that you can see the logo on the left side

11-26-2003, 01:15 AM
so bunk where is this bigger picture:shrug:

J. Corwin
11-26-2003, 01:28 AM
But of course Andy would only wear Reebok in these appearances.

11-26-2003, 01:58 AM
lol considering Reebok sponsored the event and gave it $50,000 I'm sure he was going to wear Reebok.

Pic attached later, must share comp. hate being home :p

11-26-2003, 02:02 AM
lol, yeah i know Reebok sponsored the event, but so did Babolat, so i thought maybe he was just trying to be fair. and the reason i brought up babolat was because of their logo, which closely resembles the ones on Andy's sleves. but then again, it's just 2 stripes along the sleves. and no worries bunk, as long as you post the picture, i just wanna see with my own eyes. not that i don't believe you or anything, just wanna see for myself. oh and Andy, coulnd't you have put your shorts in the dryer, they are all wrinkly:lol:

11-26-2003, 02:04 AM
ok here you go, sorry, I was getting yelled at :o

it's big, told ya so.

Yea and it would help if I attached the right one.

11-26-2003, 02:04 AM
oh and Andy's trucker hat is now on sale. they are selling at the tennis warehouse website, but i'm sure it can be found in the stores. gotta get me one:rocker2:

11-26-2003, 02:05 AM
I think I'm the only person who thinks they're awful (not just Andy's - all trucker hats)

11-26-2003, 02:06 AM
bunk where is the Reebok logo??? i see it on the shorts, but i knew the shorts were Reebok. i'm talking about the shirt

11-26-2003, 02:08 AM
ah there it is bunk, you had posted the wrong picture before. ok so it is Reebok, thanks a lot. oh and trucker hats ROCK, but only a very select few. and it only looks good on a select few, but i'm gonna buy it either way, but i'm sure it will look good on me anyways:p

11-26-2003, 02:20 AM
yea sorry Naldo I realized I had the wrong pic right away, oopsies.

LOL Tangerine... he definitely looks good.

I think one of the reasons I like the shirt is b/c it's a little more fitted, not too tight or anything but better-fit for him. and lmfao about the shorts

11-26-2003, 02:40 AM
hey tangerine, whats up with editiing posts, what are we Adcourt now:rolleyes:
:haha: just kidding

11-26-2003, 02:42 AM
I think I'm the only person who thinks they're awful (not just Andy's - all trucker hats)

No, you are not!!!


11-26-2003, 02:45 AM
aw come on now people, don't diss the trucker hats:hatoff:

11-26-2003, 02:48 AM
Can't help it, Naldo. They are truckin' ugly. :)

11-26-2003, 02:52 AM
A tonguetwister:

Mandy's Andy's a lucky funky trucker ducky.

copyright MisterQ 2003 ;)

11-26-2003, 02:58 AM
ok then:sad: but they look alright on Andy right?:rocker2: i preffer the trucker hats over regular caps, and i might prefer them over the visors as well. i'm not missing the visors anymore now that we got the trucker hats

11-26-2003, 03:00 AM
They look awful on Andy.

11-26-2003, 03:01 AM
Ok... that was wrong. Andy looks awful in them. The hats on the other hand look ugly both on and off Andy. :)

11-26-2003, 03:03 AM
The trucker hats may not look great on Andy, but at least they somewhat fit his Nebraska "boy from the heartland" persona.

Now, can you imagine Juan Carlos Ferrero in one of those things?! lol

11-26-2003, 03:05 AM
If a sexy guy like Juan Carlos but one of those things on his head, I would go out and get a gun. ;)

JCF even looked awful in the cowboy hat.

The thing with Andy is that he looks totally different without the cap. He's a nice looking guy without the cap. With the cap, he looks like a rube.

11-26-2003, 03:07 AM
Yeah, I think they would expell JC from Europe if he wore one of those.

11-26-2003, 03:09 AM
It's the worst American invention right after processed cheese.

11-26-2003, 03:09 AM
LOL You guys are cracking me up.

Trucker hats are always ugly.... on Andy, off Andy, on anyone, on the rack, on the most beautiful people in the world, I don't care. Star, loved the "truckin' ugly" bit!! :haha:

I like Andy the way he was in Paris - just Andy, no "headgear" as his site calls it (sorry that reminds me of braces lol). When it's outdoors and sunny, I understand the need for a hat, but not a trucker hat forever, PLEASE ANDY!!!

11-26-2003, 03:14 AM
It's the worst American invention right after processed cheese.

Mmmmmmm, cheeeese...

11-26-2003, 03:17 AM
rube??? i guess the trucker hats are just personal tastes. i guess i fit the mold, being an 18 year old male. just have to find the hat now. i admit i do like the Roddick sans headgear, but his hair looks awefull sometimes, but then again i find it kinda nice coz his hair is all messed up.

11-26-2003, 03:23 AM
Mmmmmmm, cheeeese...

: passes the velveta over to Q:

11-26-2003, 03:25 AM
rube??? i guess the trucker hats are just personal tastes. i guess i fit the mold, being an 18 year old male. just have to find the hat now. i admit i do like the Roddick sans headgear, but his hair looks awefull sometimes, but then again i find it kinda nice coz his hair is all messed up.

Yeah, but do you really want to mold yourself after a trucker? :p


11-26-2003, 03:26 AM
lol Andy's starting to go a lil bald already ;) He just looks so much younger and fresher without the ugly hat. The visor I'm with Brad on, and a regular hat is fine (but not backwards, for the love of god!) too if the sun warrants... I just hate the trucker hat phase. It's a fad, it'll be over before we know it (god-willing)

11-26-2003, 03:39 AM
he's not going bald, its called thin hair:wavey: and don't mold me into a trucker, i ment i fit the mold me being a young guy and having all these trendy things. i usually hate most of them, but i quite like this one

11-26-2003, 03:41 AM
hey bunk, i think i shoulda said am i the only one who likes it:lol:

11-26-2003, 03:46 AM
Hey Naldo, you keep wearing that trucker hat with pride man. You're not alone!! lol

Just don't wear it into a trendy Manhattan hipster club, that's when it gets a little forced.

11-26-2003, 03:47 AM
lol sorry Naldo.... we're really not pickin' on ya, just having fun.

his hair is thinning though, he can thank his mommy's daddy for that lol. But there's nothing wrong with it, it's cute at this stage... but he just need to leave the damn hat off when he doesn't need it :p

Though I will say, I prefer the trucker hat to the visor with product look. I'm surprised in the gay thread that the person didn't bring up the fact that Andy used product in his hair for what? a year? I mean come on a guy athlete using product in his hair before every match?? :haha:

11-26-2003, 03:52 AM
he's not going bald, its called thin hair:wavey: and don't mold me into a trucker, i ment i fit the mold me being a young guy and having all these trendy things. i usually hate most of them, but i quite like this one

lol....... I was teasing you, Naldo. :)

You know I love you. You are the most stalwart Andy fan around. You always believe in him even when others have doubts. :)

11-26-2003, 08:07 AM
Huh? His hair isn't getting thinner.
Have you even seen
him with longer hair? He has a lot of hair.

11-26-2003, 08:22 AM

J. Corwin
11-26-2003, 10:52 AM
he's not going bald, its called thin hair:wavey: and don't mold me into a trucker, i ment i fit the mold me being a young guy and having all these trendy things. i usually hate most of them, but i quite like this one

lol, I have caps, visors, everything...

J. Corwin
11-26-2003, 10:53 AM
Mmmmmmm, cheeeese...

Me love nacho cheese.

11-26-2003, 11:12 AM
Me love nacho cheese.

:smooch: :hearts: :hug: :inlove: :couple:

11-26-2003, 12:28 PM
Me love nacho cheese.

I'm glad we are pushing each other to new intellectual heights on this board! ;) :cool:

11-26-2003, 07:43 PM
back to the actual topic of this board....

some hilarious pics posted on Andy's site (you have to be a member I think, but trust me it is worth it)

J. Corwin
11-26-2003, 08:29 PM
lol, funny pics

11-26-2003, 08:39 PM

11-26-2003, 10:09 PM
hey tangerine, whats up with editiing posts, what are we Adcourt now:rolleyes::haha:

Hahahaa! Yeah, I had to change my smilie icon. Tee hee!

star: "truckin' ugly" . . . ROFL :haha: We gotta add that to our Andy vernacular . . . everytime Andy wears something ugly, remember that it's truckin' ugly! ;)

Personally, I don't mind the hat...he looks good in hats (although I like him without it too ,and his hair goes flying wild like at the Paris Masters). He actually looks indimidating in the trucker hat, which is probably exactly what Gilbert wanted. His other hats made him look 'cute' (the visor) or like a harmless teen-ager (backwards white cap); basically anything other than a dangerous opponent. I'll bet his whole outfit was picked out very carefully. :aplot:

11-26-2003, 10:12 PM
Those pics are funny! :lol: Thanks, Bunk!

How strange that Andy and his brothers don't look anything alike . . . :scratch:

11-26-2003, 10:25 PM
Andy and his brother John actually do look alike, those just aren't good pictures to show it. They don't look like twins or anything but you can tell they're related. Andy looks like his dad (well and his mom too) from what I remember of him, too. I think Andy's brothers are significantly older than he is right? That could explain a little difference.

To the trucker hat, I guess Brad could've picked it ... that's not the story Andy told about it though LOL...

J. Corwin
11-26-2003, 11:01 PM
Wasn't there a pic of Andy picking out a trucker hat with Mandy looking on from the side? They were at a flea market or something, lol.

11-26-2003, 11:51 PM
yea that's where they discovered it and that's when Andy went to Reebok and asked them to make him one. I believe that it may have even happened before Brad was his coach.

11-27-2003, 12:17 AM
no now come to think of it, the trucker hat thing might have happened during the time BRad was with Andy. yeah jackson, there was a pick of Andy checking out trucker hats on a stand in New York with Mandy looking on the side, and this was during Andy's promotion for the USTA and the US Open i think. i forgot the exact date, but it was days before/after Andy appeared on Regis & Kelly, which is why they were both in New York. anyways i agree, i think he looks the MOST intimidating with the trucker hat on. without/visor he didn't look very intimidating, but i don't think it really matters. but personally, i find the trucker hat to suit his personality the best out of all the headgear he wears, or just his plain ol hair