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Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc.
Tournament Managed By:
Bluegrass Management Group
2204 Peppertree Court
Lexington, KY 40513
February 13, 2014
The Lexington Challenger, Kentucky’s only professional tennis event, is pleased to announce Kentucky Bank as its new title sponsor.
“We are very proud to be able to usher the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships into a new era,” said Louis Prichard, president and CEO of Kentucky Bank. “The championships are important not only to tennis enthusiasts but also to virtually all of us in this region.
“This one-of-a-kind tournament brings national and international attention to Central Kentucky and to our entire state. Throughout our history, Kentucky Bank has been committed to projects that support our communities and region, and that is why we are so pleased to be able to help keep this tournament in Kentucky.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tournament, to be held July 21-28 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. This milestone will be celebrated with special events that provide community fun and seven days of exciting professional tennis.
This USTA Pro-Circuit Event awards $100,000 in both the men’s and women’s divisions and has helped launch the careers of many tennis stars, including 2013 Wimbledon women’s singles champion Marion Bartoli, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Melanie Oudin, Mardy Fish, and John Isner.
With its newly granted non-profit status, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships’ proceeds will be used to benefit several children’s tennis programs in Kentucky that promote healthy activity and teach kids a sport they can play for a lifetime.
As part of its outreach, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships will host free children’s clinics throughout July in the counties where Kentucky Bank is located. Last year, more than 400 children in Central Kentucky participated in the clinics, making them a huge success in introducing children to the sport. The children who were ages 8 and up were also invited to the tournament to assist as ball kids throughout the week.
“We are so thankful that Kentucky Bank is willing to partner with Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc., as well as the numerous generous sponsors that have been so supportive over the years, including our long time partnership with the Lexus Store of Lexington, so that Lexington can hosts this tournament for the 20th year,” said Guy Colson, president of Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc.
“It is extremely exciting to welcome Kentucky Bank on board to this wonderful community event,” said tournament director Brooks Lundy. “Lexington is lucky to have corporate partners that realize the importance of hosting the only professional tennis tournament in Kentucky.
“The tournament not only brings world-class sporting entertainment to our door but also gives us the opportunity to raise charitable dollars to promote healthy living in our community. We are so appreciative of the energy and commitment to success that Kentucky Bank has brought to the table.”
Kentucky Bank, which originated in 1851, has banking offices in 10 Central and Eastern Kentucky counties. The bank, which prides itself on offering premier customer service, offers a full range of banking services, as well as a strong background in commercial lending and wealth management. The bank has been recognized as “one the best places to work in Kentucky” for the past three years. The trading symbol is KTYB.
For more information on the new title sponsorship and tournament, please contact tournament director Brooks Lundy at (859) 509-9707 or Lblundy1@gmail.com. Or, contact media coordinator Rena Baer (859)351-3230 or Rena.Baer@twc.com.