While the obvious aim of the annual Steve Winograd Memorial Diabetes Tennis Tournament is to help people with diabetes, it might also be about growing the sport in Jackson.
Four doubles teams were crowned champions last weekend at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club during the 18th annual tournament. Organizer Eddie Kolsky said 40 players took part, a slight dip from years past.
“We lost three people to injuries, and it varies every year,” he said of the turnout. “We’d like to have 50. That would be ideal.”
Brooks Bradford and Kolsky claimed the open division title. Kym Rambo and Rebecca Stoll won the 7.0 doubles. Suzanne Matthews and Michele Pacifico took 6.0 doubles, and Julie Weinberger and Sam Reece claimed the mixed doubles victory.
The money from entry fees, auctions and private donations goes to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Diabetes Fund, for which the tournament has raised over $600,000 since its inception, Kolsky said.
Kolsky points to the plethora of athletic endeavors available in the area, from biking to fishing, as reasons tennis players might leave the sport.
He wants those former players to know there’s a community for tennis here, and he hopes it continues to grow.
“I’d like to get some old players, get some players that used to play back on the court, those that have forgotten how much fun it was,” he said.