Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dave's charity bike ride for AIDS orphans

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Ceboride 2016 – It's time for a fresh start!

 

Hi, Friends and Family, Colleagues, and Friends of Harvard Tennis:

  

For new HMT (Harvard Men's Tennis) subscribers, Ceboride is a small charity bike ride undertaken to benefit the children of Sarnelli House, an orphanage in Thailand for orphaned and/or abandoned AIDS children, run by Father Mike Shea.  This will be our (my wife, Bonnie, and I) 9th time making the trek, either on the East Coast or in person with the other Cebo-riders in Wisconsin.  Since its inception in 2002, it has raised more than $800,000.  Due to this success - really due to your generosity - Father Mike has been able to continue buying the AIDS medication, and to cover the cost of food, daily living supplies, and expensive hospital trips.

 

Past donors to Ceboride have already heard from Sarnelli House or Ceboride organizations (you can now contribute online at http://www.ceboride.org/!)  The actual ride in Wisconsin occurred in July, but since Bonnie had her hip replaced on February 15, we've delayed "Ceboride East" a few more weeks! She's back to full speed now, so we're itching to hit the road.

 

So many of you have kindly responded to this appeal in previous years.  We would be grateful for your support again.  

 

As the reality of not having trained enough this summer sets in, Bonnie and I are looking for anything we can find to get us through this ride!  What will again most sustain us is the hope that we, in a modest way (and with your help if you are so inclined), might lessen the suffering of kids incomparably less fortunate than us.

 

Contributions now (hallelujah!) can now be made easily online! Please don't wait for a better world or a better day.

 

God bless.

 

Bonnie & Dave

 

P.S. A little recap for those who are new and for our veteran "donors" who might like a refresher.

 

Each year since the CeboRide was started in 2002, the treatment for AIDS infected kids has gotten better, but also has become more expensive.  The ride is named after Cebo, a little girl who stole the hearts of Molly, who with her husband had volunteered to help their Uncle Mike (Father Mike) at Sarnelli House in Thailand, which he has run for 30+ years.   Molly is our daughter-in-law Katie's sister, who sadly lost her husband Mike  (Bonnie's youngest son) at 43 to cancer last summer.  

 

The first bike ride raised over $17,000 and gave Father Mike the ability to buy antiretroviral AIDS drugs.  Before the ride, children were dying of TB and AIDS.  Since that date, Sarnelli House has enabled hundreds of kids to make it.  The strength Cebo demonstrates as she battles the complications from living with AIDS continues to be the inspiration of the ride.

 

There are currently 165 children who live in five different homes at Sarnelli house and another 57 kids in their Outreach Program.  Times are very rough and the need has never been greater.  Sarnelli House receives no help from the Thai government and relies on the CeboRide and its faithful coterie of riders and sponsors (YOU!).  The kids and Father Mike can only repay you with their prayers, gratitude and love.

 

Riders in Wisconsin will bike from dawn to dusk, riding for Cebo and all of the other children who can't bike the distance.  It is a wonderful experience for all the riders, who treat one another as Cebo would… and laugh a lot as Cebo does (I do give Bonnie some good laughs…).  We all bike for a better life for the children at Sarnelli House and a few more birthday parties in their lives.   We already know that all of us together have literally made a difference in their lives.  

 

NB:

To any potential Harvard recruits: do not respond to this appeal, no matter how much you would like to help!  It would be a no-no from an NCAA perspective.

 
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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter

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Dear HMT,
 
We are approaching the 110th season of Harvard Men's Tennis with great excitement.  Yes - we've been around that long. Actually, the Harvard Lawn Tennis Association was founded in 1881, which makes us really old. One year later, the board of the HLTA would help start the USLTA. 

Campus is buzzing with all the preparations for the incoming freshmen (and their parents) when they move-in to the dorms on August 23rd. This year we are welcoming four new players into our family: Lucas Koelle from Brazil, Galen Lee from Atlanta, Lane Leschly from Atherton and Logan Weber from Raleigh.  They were rated as the #7 recruiting class in the country by TennisRecruiting.net.  To read more about the rookies you can check out the latest press release here.  

Summer of 2016:
What have Dave and I been doing all summer?  Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting... 



Thanks for all your contributions to the team!  We had a banner fundraising year and now are living high on the hog! Just kidding - Hertz upgraded us for free and we even shared a hotel room (ear plugs to block out the snoring). This photo was taken on our trip to Coronado in San Diego to visit a top recruit and his family.  Imagine Fishy driving this muscle car and not breaking the speed limit! I had to take over behind the wheel and let the Mustangs ride.  We are off to Kalamazoo this weekend and will be sure to send a photo from the hallowed grounds. 

Father-Son National Championships at Longwood

Congratulations to Samuel and Adam Beren on finishing fifth at Longwood. Great accomplishment in a tough draw. Also, well done Richie and Jay Lee for competing as well.  Jay is only twelve and they won their first round match! Harvard Tennis could field some excellent father-son teams including the Seavers, Sands, Pompans, Leschlys, and Thorntons... to name only a few. 







Summer Weddings: 


Congratulations to Shantanu Dhaka '07 and Erica Annon for their amazing wedding last weekend in Essex, CT.  The newlyweds are enjoying a honeymoon in Bermuda before returning to Brooklyn, NY. We had a great group of tennis alums who celebrated in style: Max Tedaldi, Caleb Gardner, Shantanu, Jason Beren, Gideon Valkin and Andrew Rueb.




Best from Boston,
Andrew and Dave

 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fiscal Year Deadline Approaching in Two Days!

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Dear Harvard Men's Tennis,

There are only two days left in the fiscal year. Every donation counts and we are aiming for a record high participation rate. And that means you too recent grads!  Let's pay it forward and finish strong. 

Here is an easier link to give.

Go Crimson,
Andrew and Dave

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Harvard Tennis on Fox College Sports Weekly - End of Year Fundraising Deadline

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Dear HMT,

In case you missed the live showing of Harvard Tennis on Fox College Sports Weekly, hosted by Tony Minnis, you can watch it anytime by clicking here. This 30-minute documentary showcases the Men's and Women's programs—the tradition, coaches and current team. Enjoy! 

The deadline for the fiscal year is only a few days away (June 30th). Your support helps keep our team firing on all cylinders! If you are planning to give, please click here. Instructions: 1. Click "Make a Gift" and select "University Wide Gift." 2. On the following page, select "FAS Athletics" under the School Affiliate and click "Tennis." We thank you! 

All gifts to the Harvard Athletics Friends groups will receive class credit. The Department of Harvard Athletics, the Friends groups and Harvard Varsity Club encourage all alumni to make an additional gift to the Harvard College Fund to support the overall experience for our student-athletes, which includes the College's commitment to financial aid.

Last but not least, Gary Geissler aka "G-Man" retired this June after 25 years of service to Harvard as the Clinical Director of Rehab in the Training Room. Gary worked directly with the tennis team in the 1990s (he started in the fall of 1991) and was a part of many Ivy League titles. His care, charm and heart will be greatly missed. I'm sure many of you have stories of being healed by Gary's magic hands or fun memories of him traveling to Athens for the NCAA. If you want to send a note to Gary, he would love to hear from you. He can be reached at: gthemystic@gmail.com. 



Best from Boston,
Andrew and Dave 
 

 

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