“Latham Open” Tennis Tournament July 13th will benefit Latham School

June 10, 2019

A 15-year-old family member of a student at Latham Centers has created an inaugural tennis tournament for the benefit of our residential school. Rufus McCleery, who will be a Freshman at Tabor Academy in the fall, is organizing the USTA-sanctioned “Latham Open” together with his friend Oliver Prantis, a sophomore at Sturgis Charter School. The Latham Open Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at two locations – Brooks Park in Harwich and Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster.

All proceeds of the tournament will support Latham School, where Rufus’s younger brother is a student. “Oliver and I are proud to help Latham and I look forward to this tournament becoming an annual tradition,” Rufus said. “Latham is a great school and they have really helped my little brother.” Rufus also noted that he is grateful to the Harwich and Brewster Recreation Departments for donating the court time for this fundraising event. “Harwich and Brewster are awesome to support us with the tournament.”

This Level 7, singles tournament is open to girls and boys in the 14 and Under and 16 and Under age groups who are members of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). To register, please visit www.usta.com, search “tournaments” and enter tournament ID number 450055119. The first 50 registrants will receive a Latham Open T-shirt; registration will be open until July 7th.

We are so grateful to Rufus, Oliver, and the McCleery family for organizing this tournament, noted Heather Kelsey, Director of Development. “Matt and Buffy McCleery and their sons contribute so much to our Latham community. They bring warmth, creativity, and wonderful enthusiasm to everything they do. We are all deeply inspired by Rufus’s love for his brother and his desire to support Latham Centers.” We hope you’ll share this tournament news with your tennis-loving friends and family members.

Pictured: Rufus McCleery of Chatham (left) and Oliver Prantis of Sandwich wearing the Latham Open T-shirt which will be given to the first 50 kids who register for the Latham Open Tournament; Rufus and his father Matt McCleery; and the Latham Open USTA Tournament flyer.