“Latham Open” Tennis Tournament July 13th to Benefit Latham School

Fundraiser organized by two high school students...
Rufus McCleery and Oliver Prantis, co-organizers of the "Latham Open" tennis tournament. (Latham Centers photo)

HARWICH & BREWSTER --- A 15-year-old family member of a student at Latham Centers’ residential school has created an inaugural tennis tournament for the benefit of Latham. Rufus McCleery, who will be a Freshman at Tabor Academy in the fall, is organizing the USTA-sanctioned “Latham Open” together with his friend Oliver Prantis, a sophomore at Sturgis Charter School. The Latham Open Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at two locations – Brooks Park in Harwich and Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster.

All proceeds of the tournament will support Latham School, where Rufus’s younger brother is a student. “Oliver and I are proud to help Latham and I look forward to this tournament becoming an annual tradition,” Rufus said. “Latham is a great school and they have really helped my little brother.” Rufus also noted that he is grateful to the Harwich and Brewster Recreation Departments for donating the court time for this fundraising event. “Harwich and Brewster are awesome to support us with the tournament.”

This Level 7, singles tournament is open to girls and boys in the 14 and Under and 16 and Under age groups who are members of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). To register, please visit www.usta.com, search “tournaments” and enter tournament ID number 450055119. The first 50 registrants will receive a Latham Open t-shirt; registration will be open until July 7th.

Latham Centers is a leader in special education and residential treatment for children and adults with disabilities. Founded in 1970 in Brewster, the non-profit organization is internationally renowned for its expertise and success in working with individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder with no known cure. Latham’s mission is to create opportunities for independence, self-worth, and happiness for children and adults with complex special needs. The non-profit organization’s programs include a residential school in Brewster for students ages 8 to 22, and an Adult Services program including 12 group residences and individualized supported community living settings throughout Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit LathamCenters.org.

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