Tennis Professionals and Enthusiasts Team Up to Beat Cancer

Proceeds to Fund Local Cancer Research Projects

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is proud to announce that it will be hosting the 5th Annual Jimmy V Racquets for Research fundraising event on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. Net proceeds from this year’s event will directly benefit local cancer research projects.

“This great event has continued to grow each year,” said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  “It gives families in the Triangle a chance to combine their passion for tennis with their hope to defeat cancer.  Cancer has touched so many lives, and this is another way The V Foundation can help support the fight by raising money for local cancer research projects.”

The Racquets for Research tennis tournament will bring together tennis enthusiasts and professionals for a memorable day of fun and philanthropy at Raleigh Racquet Club. For the fifth year, Don Johnson, 2001 men’s doubles Wimbledon Champion and collegiate tennis hall of famer, returns as the celebrity host of the event. Fellow professionals Tim Wilkison, winner of 6 singles titles and 9 doubles championships, Tom Gullikson, former Coach of the Men’s USA Olympic Tennis Team and Captain of USA Davis Cup Team, Jared Palmer winner of 28 professional doubles titles and one singles title in his career on the ATP Tour, Rick Leach, a five-time Grand Slam doubles champion, Stand Smith former #1 player in the world  and two-time Grand Slam Champion and Kathi Rinaldi, who reached a career high ranking of #7 in the world are also scheduled to attend.

This Round Robin Tournament has a registration cost of $200 per doubles team and is limited to forty teams.  For those looking for more of a challenge, the ProAm Division allows participants to compete with the professionals.  Registration is $2,500 per team and space is limited to four teams. All registration fees include an event T-shirt, breakfast, lunch and a gift bag.

Following tournament play, participants are invited to watch the pros compete against one another in a ProAM Exhibition.  This is a unique opportunity for tennis fans in the Triangle to witness some of the game’s greatest players.

Racquets for Research is a part of  V Week in the Triangle which take place August 14-22nd.  To participate in the Racquets for Research event visit   For information on other V Foundation events or for sponsorship opportunities, please call 919-380-9505 or visit


About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $95 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation, which has received seven consecutive top 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit