Friday, June 23, 2017

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter: Fiscal Year Deadline Approaching!

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Dear Harvard Tennis Family,

There is only week left to give toward Fiscal Year '17 and we count on your support to reach our financial goals. Your willingness to pay it forward to the next generation of Harvard Tennis players and coaches is so appreciated.

There are many aspects to running our program and keeping it top-notch. Some of what your gifts to Harvard Tennis help fund include:

  • Competitive advantage
    • Out-of-region travel is a necessity to stay competitive. Next year we will head to Michigan, Texas, California, and Virginia to play teams that will challenge us and put us in a position to qualify for NCAA based on our national ranking.
    • Recruiting has become a full-year, highly-skilled effort thanks to technology that puts us in touch with more players domestically and around the world. Keeping pace with other programs takes increased levels of dedicated time and travel.  
    • Strength and conditioning specifically for the game of tennis is one of the most effective ways to develop our team for on-court success and injury-free training. An ongoing partnership with Jez Green, former trainer for Andy Murray and current trainer for Sasha Zverev, brings this level of expertise to our team and distinguishes us from other top-tier programs.
    • Having a bigger team:  Since the end of the JV or B-team era, we carry a large squad to give more players the opportunity to continue their tennis and represent the Crimson. We are currently have a roster of fourteen players - one of the largest teams around the country.   
  • Character and life skills development
    • Mental Coaching: Our work with Lorenzo Beltrame was instrumental in our Ivy Title this past season. Investing in our on-and-off court mental yielded the highest ROI of anything we did last year.
    • Skill development:  This past year's public speaking and storytelling skills workshop for our players hosted by Bob Walsh was a smashing success. We hope to continue our commitment to our students' preparation for the next step in their professional lives with similar programs. 
Another goal of the FY'17 fundraising campaign is to increase the number of alums who support the program, especially among our younger alums. If you are a recent graduate, please know that big checks are not expected and small gifts at any level will be greatly appreciated. 

We are sure you have your own reasons to give to Harvard Tennis based on your experiences on the team—friendships made with with teammates, coaches who invested in you, memories of team van rides and plane flights and, of course, gratitude for the opportunity to attend our amazing school. We'd love to hear the stories behind your gift so write us a note or give a call. 

If you aren't sure whether you contributed already to FY '17, please contact our Varsity Club liaison, Kristan Strout (contact details below). 

There are four ways to give:
  1. Donate Online - CLICK HERE! Select "Tennis" from the drop down menu.
  2. Donate by check: Mail checks to: Friends of Harvard Tennis, 65 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA 02163. Checks should be payable to "Friends of Harvard Tennis."
  3. Donate by phone: Call Kristan Strout in the Harvard Varsity Club at (617) 495-3757 & donate by credit card. Her email is strout@fas.harvard.edu
  4. To make a gift of stock or mutual fund transfer, contact the Harvard Management Company at 866-845-6596 or email security_gifts@hmc.harvard.edu

From all of us at Harvard Men's Tennis, we sincerely thank you and hope to see you at our matches in the Fall. 

Best,
Andrew and Dave
 

n.b. All gifts to Harvard Athletics will receive Class, Reunion, and FAS Campaign Credit. The Department of Harvard Athletics, the Friends groups and the Harvard Varsity Club encourage all alumni/ae to make an additional annual gift to the Harvard College Fund to support the overall experience for our student-athletes, which includes the College's commitment to financial aid. 

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

HMT News: Graduation and Reunion Season

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 HMT News and Views: Graduation, Reunion and End of Fiscal Year '17


It is that bittersweet time of year in Cambridge—right after the reunion tents have been taken down and graduating seniors have all cleared out of the dorm rooms. The streets of Harvard Square feel empty and for many of us working at Harvard, there is a palpable sense of loss. By August, this feeling will be replaced by the exciting promise of all the incoming students about to arrive in Harvard Yard, but for now, we miss all the seniors and alums who once again graced our courts. Please read on for photos and notes from graduation and reunion events.


Quick fundraising plug


The end of Fiscal Year '17 is almost upon us. If you haven't given yet to Friends of Harvard Tennis, now is the time to step up! Remember that your gifts are crucial to fund our recruiting efforts, pay for out of region travel, and supplement our equipment and stringing budget. Also, your donation helps justify keeping a big roster of players and providing them with the same opportunities we had on HMT.

Below are four ways to give. Not sure if you have already contributed in FY '17? Contact Kristan Strout - our Varsity Club liaison (her contact details are below). 

  1. Donate Online: CLICK HERE! Select "Tennis" from the drop down menu.
  2. Donate by check: Mail checks payable "Friends of Harvard Tennis" to Friends of Harvard Tennis, 65 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA 02163
  3. Donate by credit card: Call or email Kristan Strout in the Harvard Varsity Club at (617) 495-3757 or strout@fas.harvard.edu
  4. To make a gift of stock or mutual fund transfer, contact the Harvard Management Company at 866-845-6596 or email security_gifts@hmc.harvard.edu

n.b. All gifts to Harvard Athletics will receive Class, Reunion, and FAS Campaign Credit. The Department of Harvard Athletics, the Friends groups and the Harvard Varsity Club encourage all alumni/ae to make an additional annual gift to the Harvard College Fund to support the overall experience for our student-athletes, which includes the College's commitment to financial aid. 
 

Graduation Events


Congrats to Brian Yeung '17 of HMT and June Lee '17 of HWT (pictured below at the the Senior Letterwinners' Dinner.) Each year this fabulous event has grown. This year's dinner boasted an attendance of 800 people dining in the hockey rink and featured slick video recaps and top-notch MC comedian, James P. Connolly '88. Thanks to the Varsity Club for pulling together a memorable, fun sendoff event for our letterwinners.  


We will also miss the Beltrame family. Sebastian is moving out west to work in consulting and is taking a month-long trip through Asia with his roommates before he starts life in the real world!


Sebastian pictured with his family whooping it up during graduation week (From left to right: Lorenzo, Arianna, Kim and Sebi)


Reunion Tennis Event
 

On graduation weekend we welcomed back HMT alums from the classes of 1992, 2002, 2007 and 2012 for a jam-packed weekend of tennis and other events. We hosted a hit-around on Saturday morning for all the reunion classes and got to see some classic strokes on display. These events are a great chance to re-connect with teammates and meet other members of the HMT family - so don't miss out when it is your reunion year. 

The 25th Reunion featured the class of 1992—probably the greatest (and largest) HMT recruiting class in the modern era including Derek Brown, John Burke, Albert Chang, Tim Hartch, Petter Lattman, Lazlo Serester, Mike Shyjan, John Tolmie, Joe Viduretta, and Mike Zimmerman. Imagine ten nationally ranked juniors arriving in Cambridge for the fall season and three All-Americans in one class (almost certainly the only class in Ivy League history with that distinction). Talk about intimidating! It was great having some these guys back on campus. Don't be strangers!

Three of the members of the amazing '92 gang: Lazlo Serester (sporting the Pony gear!), Fishy, Derek Brown and Tim Hartch. Peter Lattman arrived just after this photo was taken. 


There was also a great turnout with the 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th reunions. The 5th reunion had the royal flush of Alistair Felton, Jon Pearlman, Robertson McAnulty and Davis Mangham. The 10th reunion saw Gideon Valkin make the trip from England, Scott Denenberg and Shantanu Dhaka. The 15th had William Lee up from NYC and the 20th reunion boasted Stuart Murray and Mike Patterson. Thanks everyone who came out! 


Here is some of the gang from the reunion hit-around flanked by Fish and Rueb.  


Best from Boston,
Andrew and Dave 
 

 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

HMT News: End of Season Awards and Notes

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HMT News Update:

Now that the season is in the books and the banners are being updated, we hosted our annual end of year banquet to celebrate and thank everyone who is involved in making HMT such a special family. We do a lot of work to foster a culture of gratitude on the team and we certainly want to put that into practice by reaching out to all of you who made our season possible.  Thanks to our fans, housing families, alums, donors, parents and staff. So many people reached out to lend us a hand during the year. Dave and I are so grateful and humbled by your continued support. 



Caption: The Team holding some serious hardware after the banquet. 

Check out the season recap video for a great tribute to the team.  It has all the best moments from the year including the exciting finish at Penn as well as interviews with players and coaches.  

Harvard Women's Tennis also had amazing run to the Ivy Title and you can watch their recap video here.  Way to go HWT!  

End of Season Awards:  
Kenny Tao and Jean Thirouin have been voted as captains for the 2018 season. 
Most Improved Player Award: Samuel Beren and Jean Thirouin
Ned Weld Above and Beyond Award: Michael Peters and Grant Solomon 
Most Valuable Player: Jean Thirouin 


Congrats to Kenny Tao and Brian Yeung for being named first team All-ivy. 




Musical Talents
This 2017 team was a very musical bunch. Most of the team plays an instrument and several members joined a bluegrass band this spring. At this moment, the team is having a serious fling with country music and our team anthem is the classic, "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver.  Listen/watch to the banquet sing-along led by freshmen Logan Weber.


Goodbye Seniors!

Seniors Sebastian Beltrame and Brian Yeung are pictured below.  We will miss you both! Sebastian is heading out to San Fransisco to join Simon Kucher, a consulting firm in the Bay Area while Brian is going to continue his tennis on the pro tour and will be representing Hong Kong in the Davis Cup. 
 

 

 

Best from Boston,
Andrew and Dave

 

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