Tennis Stars Take on New Opponent: Cancer

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If you follow tennis around the Ohio Valley, the name Jeremy McClelland probably rings a bell. The Ohio Valley native is working to help defeat a new opponent, off the courts: Cancer.

“I knew for awhile this is something I was passionate about and I wanted to get started here at Oglebay,” Jeremy said.

Bring in Hayden Blazer, a West Liberty University freshman tennis player, who has more than just athletic ability.

“I was kind of excited when Jeremy didn’t know where to start. I knew I could help him with that,” Hayden said. “I’ve have done several charity events…but me playing tennis and doing charity events were two separate things and I could finally put them together with one project.

After about a year and ya know, 10 page plan we had it all together.”

And so the dream of “Tennis With a Cause” has become a reality.

The Davis style cup tournament is open to all ages, and will feature a Red Team and  Blue Team, which will be decided the day of the event, May 9 at Oglebay Tennis Courts.

But where will the money go?

“We wanted to pick a charity that was close to home that could impact families around this area,” Jeremy said.

And they found one.

“The LeAnn Cancer Foundation is a local foundation that helps patients pay for things that your insurance can’t cover, like wigs car rides, if you’re falling behind on rent, the kind of things people need help with,” Hayden said.

All to help fight a disease that so many are affected by, including Jeremy himself, who lost his dad and both grandfathers at a young age.

“That’s when I realized that this was very important to me, this is something I wanted to do regardless whether I stayed in tennis or not, I wanted to have tennis events, and have the benefits of events like this go to charities,” Jeremy said.

You can register through Monday to guarantee a T-shirt. The cost is $40 for adults, $30 for students and $15 for juniors.

You can sign up at the Oglebay Tennis Courts or the bubble at Wheeling park. E-mail haydenblazer33@gmail.com for more information.

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