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SAVE THE DATE:  MAY 21, 2023
"Raise A Racquet" for Capital Cup

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EVENT INFORMATION:  

  • A Celebration of Tennis & Pickleball!  Tournament & Awards Presentation followed by Family Dinner Buffet.

  • 2023 Honorees:  Barry Szaferman / Cheryl Taylor / Marc Vecchiolla

  • Click here for downloadable "Raise A Racquet for Capital Cup" brochure which includes Sponsorship opportunities and Dinner registration.

  • Click here for downloadable "Tennis Registration" form.  

  • Click here for downloadable "Pickleball Registration" form.  

  • All pickleball players must sign a waiver form to play at Mercer Bucks Pickleball club.  Click here for waiver form.

  • Indoor tennis rain backup schedule available online 3 days before event

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION & PAYMENT :  

  • Click here for Pickleball Player registration

  • Click here for Tennis Player registration

  • Click here for Dinner registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Player registration ends May 10th (or when reached full capacity.) 

 

VENUES :  

  • Main Tennis and Event Site: The Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way West, West Trenton, NJ

  • Main Pickleball Site:  Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club, 370 Sullivan Way, Ewing Township, NJ

  • Secondary Tennis Sites

    • Jr. Champions Tennis Center in Cadwalader Park, Intersection of W. State St. & Parkside Ave, Trenton, NJ  08618  (Park on Lenape or Parkside Ave.)

    • The Bedens Brook Club, 240 Rolling Brook Rd, Skillman, NJ

    • Bucks County Racquet Club, 1150 Lord Sterling Rd., Wash. Cr., PA

    • Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Rd., Princeton, NJ

    • Please note Bedens Brook & Pretty Brook require tennis whites 

 

OUR MISSION :  

  • NJTL's Tennis & Pickleball tournament kicks off our 2023 fundraising effort. We create opportunities for success by enriching the lives of under-resourced youth through innovative tennis, education and mentoring programs.

 

SPONSORS :  

  • Sponsors are needed and appreciated.  We are so grateful for the support of our sponsors and participants, who believe and support our mission.  Together, we are helping make a difference in the lives of so many youths.

  • NJTL of Trenton is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Tax I.D. #52-1260470

 

2023 Honorees

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Barry Szaferman

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Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl Taylor is a lifelong resident of the Trenton area.  She developed her passion for the game of tennis at an early age playing on the courts at Moody Park in Ewing, NJ.  She is currently the club manager at Bucks County Racquet Club, a position that she has held for over twenty years.  Last year she helped plan the trip to the US Open for her clubs 12yr under players to participate in the Net Generation on Court Experience.  

     She believes in the vision of Arthur Ashe and takes great pride in being able to help cultivate her local community through tennis and education.   She was welcomed as a board member to the NJTL of Trenton in 2005, where she serves as part of the Fundraising & Programming Committees and took on the role of co-chair for the annual fundraising gala in 2011 and 2012. Cheryl is proud to be a part of such an enthusiastic and dedicated board; a board which always strives to live up to its mission by providing opportunities for the children in the Trenton area.  Her contributions to the NJTLT have become some of her fondest memories.  Whether she is collecting donations of used racquets, helping the kids during the annual end of the summer picnic or running a site for our previous Capital Cups she is always cheerful and eager to help.  Cheryl is proud to serve the children of her local community with the NJTL of Trenton.

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Marc Vecchiolla

Marc Vecchiolla has become synonymous with Mercer County tennis. He has served as Director of Tennis Operations with the Mercer County Park Commission since 1994, managing the tennis facility, which consists of 22 outdoor tennis courts, 4 outdoor pickleball courts, 6 indoor tennis courts and 3 Har-Tru courts and 2 platform tennis courts at The Hopewell Valley Golf Club. Vecchiolla oversees a staff of 20 employees and is responsible for all aspects of the facility. The Tennis Center serves a diverse clientele with a membership base of 1,500 players. The Mercer County Tennis Center offers leagues (700 players) and lesson programs (3,000 annual lesson spots) which operate at full capacity. Many tournaments and prestigious special events are also offered. Some of the special events include: The James E. Cryan Memorial Tournament, NJSIAA State High School Championships, NEC, MAAC, Region 19 College Championships, many USTA District and Sectional Championships and The Stone Age 

Open.  The facility has also hosted The US Open Sectional Qualifier, The National Special Olympic Games and The USTA International Hardcourt Championships featuring the best 18-year-olds in the world were held at the facility during his time as director. The complex at Mercer County Park was honored with the 1996, 2008, 2018 USTA National Outstanding Facility Awards, and Vecchiolla has accepted these awards at the U.S. Open.

      As a coach, Marc Vecchiolla’s goal is to get his tennis players to work hard, learn and have fun. The success of his Mercer County Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams aren’t ordinary. He has coached 163 players on 36 different teams while at Mercer. 46 players have achieved All-American honors under his tutelage.

      Vecchiolla helped re-establish the women’s tennis program in 1997 after an 11-year absence. Since then, the women’s team has won the NJCAA Division III title four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005) and placed second four times (1998, 2001, 2006 and 2011). Vecchiolla was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005. He was inducted into the NJCAA Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, becoming, at 36, its youngest inductee. The 1999- and 2000-Women’s Teams were recently inducted into The Mercer County Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. The Women’s program was elevated to division 1 in 2019. He served as the Men’s Coach from 2008-2019.

      Vecchiolla, a resident of Robbinsville, N.J., serves as President of The NJCAA Region 19 Coaches Association, has served on the Board of Directors for USTA Middle States Section, and serves as the Chair-Person for The Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Dinners. A graduate of Steinert High School in Hamilton, N.J., he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration concentration of marketing in 1991 from East Carolina University, where he was captain of the men's tennis team.

In his spare time Marc loves playing tennis and pickleball with his wife Mary.

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Committee

Committee

Ronak Amalani

Corey Ball

Justin Campbell

Donna DeLucia

Nancy Faherty

Melanie Haig

Jack Halperin

Kelly Keifer

Andrew Lieu

Ann LoPrinzi

Alan Meinster

Nancy Plum

Ron Rose

Albert Stark

Cheryl Taylor

Jean Thomas

Co-Chairs 

Ginny Mason 

Willa F. Inlender

Staff

Bob Loonie

Chris Liverman

Raise A Racquet Sponsors

Albert & Ellen Stark

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