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Power of One Tennis Tournament









A Benefit for the Governor’s One-on-One Mentoring Programs

in Pitt & Beaufort Counties


Courtside Athletic Club - Greenville


Finals Match: Sunday January 30, 2005




Major Sponsors


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Tournament History

And Highlights:





Players & Teams




























Year Champions Finalists
2004 Will Bull & Brett Garnett Matt Rowe & Susheel Narla
2003 Will Bull & Susheel Narla John Isner & Jeff Zinn
2002 Lees Mcrae College Team East Carolina College Team
2001 Tim Wilkison & Doug Root Andy Lake & Jeff Zinn
2000 Jeff Zinn & Myles Clouston Matt Rowe & Cullen DeWindt


BIOS


Tim Wilkison Nicknamed “Dr. Dirt”, Tim is a former top 25 ATP Player who holds 6 singles titles and 9 doubles titles. In 1986 he reached the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.


Will Bull Former World Junior #1...holds the record for being the youngest player to win the South Carolina High School State title as an 8th grader. Has wins over Greg Rusedski (former top 5 Tour player) and Wayne Ferreire (former top 20 tour player).

Susheel Narla Former Indian Davis Cup player...played collegiate tennis for the University of Alabama reaching a Top 20 National ranking in singles and doubles. In 1996 Susheel won the U.S. National Amateur Singles Title.


John Isner Top ranked junior in the U.S. in 2003 qualifying to play in the U.S. Open Doubles. John will attend the Univeristy of Georgia on a full athletic scholarship.


Jeff Zinn Former professional tennis player...Jeff is currently Wake Forest University’s Mens Tennis Coach. Jeff has reached the finals of the Power of One Tennis Tournament in three of the last four years and was the 2000 champion.








CONCEPT


The Power of One Tennis Tournament began in 2000 as an event to call attention to, and raise monies for the Power of One mentoring program in Pitt County. In recent years, we expanded our event to also benefit the Pamlico Pals mentoring program in Beaufort County. As our event grows, we will help fund similar programs in eastern North Carolina.

In 2003 PCS Phosphate joined WITN as a primary sponsor of the event to grow the Tournament and fundraising to a new level of success. We salute PCS Phosphate for their vision and support to improve the lives of at-risk youth in the local community.


In 2004 University Health Systems has also joined as a major sponsor

to continue to grow this event into a major fundraiser to benefit mentoring programs for at-risk youth in eastern North Carolina.


Mentoring Programs

Mentoring programs match a caring adult with troubled at-risk youth. Youth are referred to the program by a counselor or probation officer following a run-in with the law. Power of One and Pamlico Pals are two of thirteen mentoring programs, part of the Governor’s One-On-One state-wide program, in eastern NC. There are 57 programs throughout the state...sadly....10 programs have ceased to exist during the past year due to lack of funding. More volunteers are needed...there is a waiting list of at-risk youth waiting for a mentor.


Mentoring Funding


Mentoring programs are funded in part by the State of NC, United Way (some), local donations and other local fundraising. As an example...the Beaufort County program struggles to meet their budget of $27,000 per year. Funding is used for office space & supplies, phone, a part-time coordinator, and youth activities. Compare the $27,000 to fund one mentoring program for a year with multiple volunteer/at-risk youth matches, to the cost of sending just one youth to reform school at $52,000 a year. Mentoring is a wise investment in our youth!


Mentoring Facts


Research shows that children with mentors are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 53% less likely to skip school, and, 33% less likely to engage in school violence. Youth confined to one of the correction/reform schools have a 98% recidivism rate....an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

WITN’s Commitment To Mentoring


WITN has a special commitment to mentoring through General Manager Mike Weeks. In 2000 when Weeks was President of the NC Association of Broadcasters he solicited member radio and television stations across the state to donate air time for public service announcements to enlist mentors. North Carolina broadcasters responded with over $10 million in air time. As a result, over 20,000 adult volunteers signed up as mentors. Weeks continues to volunteer his time as a mentor with at-risk youth.


The Tennis Tournament Concept


Our concept will build an annual event different from the plethora of golf events and fundraisers in eastern North Carolina to support mentoring. The Power of One Tournament is one of the premiere tennis events in this part of the state.


FACTS About Mentoring


Young people in Mentoring programs are.........


46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

27% less likely to begin using alcohol

53% less likely to skip school

33% less likely to engage in school violence




More than one in four American children live in one-parent families, and one in two will live with a single parent at some point during childhood.




All young people need mentors, but children who are at risk for self-destructive behaviors are most in need and least likely to have natural and/or informal mentors present in their lives.






Over 12 million “at risk” children in the United States today, only 300,000-400,000 are presently enrolled in formal mentoring programs.



The largest mentoring program in the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters, reaches 105,000 young people, with thousands more on the waiting list.




The term “mentor” dates back to Homer’s Odyssey (700 B.C.). “Mentor” was a wise and trustworthy friend of Odysseus to whom the king entrusted the safekeeping and development of his only son, Telemachus.



Typically, mentors in community-based programs meet with their mentees for just 2 hours or less a week. Site-based programs in schools, workplaces and elsewhere generally require a one-hour-per-week commitment.




The 1990s saw a significant increase in corporate involvement in mentoring, as companies joined with local schools and community organizations to link employees in mentoring relationships with local youth.




In a recent survey, almost half of Americans said they would be very comfortable volunteering to be a mentor, but only one-quarter said they had mentored or done something like it in the previous six months.








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