Vitale's tennis tournament benefits cancer research

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:14 pm, Fri May 9, 2014.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - Dick Vitale's daughters both played tennis at Notre Dame, and Dickie V still plays himself. So his love of the game was instrumental in bringing a college tournament to Lakewood Ranch.

For the 4th year, Vitale hosted a tennis tournament that is becoming a must-have bid for college teams of all divisions.

“Just to create a great atmosphere here in our area…bring college tennis, and make it more visible for our area. For our members and our community we always hope for a great weekend," said tournament director Chris Marquez.

The tournament included the University of Virginia team -- the reigning national and tournament champion – as well as Bates College, which sported former Cardinal Mooney star and cancer survivor Timmy Berg.

"For the community, it’s been tremendous support. They always rally around it. They host the players, the local businesses have given us support with sponsorships," says Marquez.

The tournament is host to 18 men's and women's teams from around the country for an event that raises money for the Jimmy V Foundation to help find a cure for cancer. "Dick Vitale and our great friend and member Larry Wade have raised a tremendous amount of funds that will go towards the V Foundation for cancer research," says Marquez.

The University of Florida came up big, as Gators players won the women's singles, women’s doubles, and men's doubles.

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