Platform Tennis tournament to raise money for veterans 

The Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association will host its second annual Fun-Raising Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

Tournament proceeds will benefit the Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care “We Honor Veterans” program. 

PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN WALTER
Mike Petito, left, and Susan Walter, right, present a check to Toni and Dave Coffland of the Catch a Lift foundation following a platform tennis tournament in Ocean Pines, last year.

Platform tennis clubs in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are invited to compete and the first 64 applicants will reserve a spot. The cost is $40, and the entry deadline is Sept. 21.  

The tournament will again be held at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex on 11443 Manklin Creek Road, in Ocean Pines. Players should check in no later than 7:45 a.m. and a welcome ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Play generally begins at 8:30 a.m. and, last year, the final match was over by about 4 p.m. 

The inaugural tournament raised $8,500 for the Catch a Lift foundation, which helps post-9/11 combatwounded veterans recover and rehabilitate, both physically and mentally, through physical fitness, motivation and support. The foundation was started by David and Toni Coffland, both Ocean Pines residents, in honor of their son, U.S. Army Spc. Christopher J. Coffland, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.  

Event co-chair Susan Walter said the tournament this year would benefit the We Honor Veterans” program. Michael Petito will chair the event.  

Michael and I have met with Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen at the Ocean Pines facility and it is truly a beautiful environment, with a room to be provided for any veteran who needs end-of-life care,” Walter said. Our mission is to raise funds to provide for any veterans, either in this facility, or if their need is for in-home hospice care. We have asked Ms. Capan to earmark our donation to any local veterans in need. 

To download a tournament entry form, visit https://www.oceanpines.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-TOURNEY-entry-form-and-donation-request.pdf.

Registration checks should be made out to “Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association” and mailed to Susan Walter, 36 Capetown Road, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811. 

Donation checks may be made out to “Coastal Hospice – We Honor Veterans program” and mailed to Susan Walter. 

For questions about the event, contact Walter at cbreeze601@verizon.net or Petito at map11946@yahoo.com. 

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