by Ryan Schulz
Nashville mayor Karl Deal has spent a lot of time on Vanderbilt’s campus. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt and it’s where he met his wife, Anne Davis. On Wednesday, he was on campus again, and this time it was to bring recognition to the Music City Tennis Invitational — an event that has raised more than $1 million for the Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Speaking at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center, Dean delivered a proclamation that the weekend of April 24 and 24 is Music City Tennis Invitational weekend in Nashville.
The tournament began in 1973 and is the longest-running music-related tennis tournament in the country. The annual tournament is open to everyone, beginners to pros, and also provides doubles team tennis for players of all levels. Among the original founders of the tournament was none other than Vanderbilt Hall of Famer Bill Wade.
The beneficiary of the tournament is the Center for Child Development at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital. The tournament has raised more than $1 million for the center, which provides screening, evaluation and referral services for children who are developmentally delayed; who are experiencing a wide range of problems such as learning difficulties, autism, mental retardation, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and delays in sitting, talking, waling and more.
For more information about the tournament, or to register, you can visit the tournament’s Web site by clicking here.