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Play In May: Doubles Tourney & Gala Benefits Norwalk Grassroots Tennis

Darien Rowayton Bank supports the work of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education. See story for IDs.
Darien Rowayton Bank supports the work of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. — Tennis players from across the area will be grabbing their rackets and heading to a special doubles tournament in Darien on Saturday to benefit the Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education.  

And the day's sports activities will be capped with a gala.  

On behalf of Darien Rowayton Bank, President Robert Kettenmann presented a check to Betsy McNeil, executive director of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education, for sponsorship of its “Play in May” men’s and women’s doubles tennis tournament. 

It will be held on Saturday, May 6, at country clubs in Darien, followed by a gala at Country Club of Darien. 

Evening festivities with a Kentucky Derby theme include a dinner, open bar, live auction and casino-style games. Proceeds benefit Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education.

“We are incredibly thankful to Darien Rowayton Bank for their ongoing support of our kids,” said McNeil. “Their generosity has played a critical role in our ability to serve more kids through tennis and education.”

NGTE provides free, year-round programming to children who qualify for free/reduced-price lunch, growing in 21 years from serving 15 youth to touching the lives of nearly 500 children last year through tennis and education. 

Children living in low-income communities have substantially less access to the opportunities, resources and services needed for success than those from affluent areas. 

NGTE is providing a unique solution to address the needs in Norwalk by engaging underserved youth through tennis, offering a safe and welcoming family environment, and providing them comprehensive support to meet their academic, physical, and social-emotional needs so they can graduate high school prepared for college and/or a career, putting them on a path toward greater opportunity and success.

For more information on the event, contact Betsy McNeil at or visit the website at

Photo identifications: From left, David Kimani, tennis director and former captain of the Kenyan National Junior Tennis Team; Betsy McNeil, executive director of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education; Kaye Leong, business development officer and assistant treasurer at Darien Rowayton Bank; and Robert Kettenmann, president of Darien Rowayton Bank.

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