Morning downpours and cloudy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of any women playing at the Court the Cure event, held simultaneously Sept. 19 at Hinsdale Salt Creek Club and Hinsdale Golf Club as well as other Chicago and North Shore locations.
Court the Cure is a three-hour paddle tennis tournament which raises money to help find a cure for breast cancer. It’s sponsored by the American Platform Tennis Association. Now in its 17th year, the event has grown regionally to include over 275 players and 15 area clubs plus park districts.
This year every stroke of the racquet helped the group ultimately raise just over $20,000.
“We all come together and play paddle for about three hours, have a little breakfast together and carry on with our day,” said Jean Bergin of Clarendon Hills.
Bergin, a 10-year resident of Clarendon Hills, is a Salt Creek Club member and a member of the women’s paddle team. “I feel like because we’re a community of paddle players, we’re doing this for a cause where we’re all going to make a difference.”
All proceeds benefit the NorthShore University Health System’s breast cancer program.
Court the Cure raises both funds and awareness about a disease that impacts so many families. Clubs which participated in the tournament did by either hosting an event, having their players compete or asking their club professionals to consult.
“Hinsdale and the North Shore give back to a lot of different types of causes,” said Bergin. “This is one particular cause that we feel, as paddle players and paddle teams, that one paddle at a time will make a difference.”