Metro Weekly

CTA Serves for SMYAL

Tennis tourney will raise money for GLBT youth

Proceeds from the 17th annual Capital Classic Tournament, Sept. 12-14, will benefit the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, the Capital Tennis Association (CTA) has announced.

”We considered seven different local and regional nonprofits, and we just thought that SMYAL was the most logical fit for what we were trying to do,” says tournament director Matt Feinberg.
The tournament is produced by the CTA, which was formed in 1994 to promote tennis within the local GLBT community. This year’s games are slated to take place at the Rock Creek Tennis Center and the Howard University/Banneker High School tennis courts, both in the District.

Last year, the tournament raised about $25,000, most of which was donated to Washington AIDS Partnership.

”This year we wanted to keep the focus on youth,” Feinberg says. ”Knowing what we all went through as gay teenagers or young adults, we wanted to extend our donation to that group of people, and SMYAL is really the only area LGBT youth center that’s nonprofit.”

In 2007, CTA donated more than $15,000 to SMYAL. The amount of this year’s donation remains to be seen.

”At this point I’m not 100 percent sure how much it’s going to be,” Feinberg says. ”The economy has taken a bite out of our donation.”