Kiwanis International's partnership with the COREL WTA tour has netted a wealth of publicity for Kiwanis' Worldwide Service Project, iodine deficiency disorders. The recent women's tennis tournaments, including the Ameritech Cup and the Chase championships, are ensuring that the world's children come out winners through this important project.
The recent Ameritech Cup in Chicago, Illinois, featured a Kiwanis/COREL/WTA booth in which WTA players signed autographs. Kiwanis "Serving the World's Children" T-shirts were sold, and information was provided. Additional activities included an auction and the raffle of a T-shirt sporting the signatures of 13 players, which along with T-shirt sales, totaled more than $3,000 for the Kiwanis Worldwide Project.
The Kiwanis partnership also was evident at the COREL/WTA Tennis Chase Championship played this past November in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tournament included the top 16 singles players and top eight doubles teams from around the world and boasted total prize money of $2 million. This year's winner was Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic, who defeated American Mary Pierce. The finals were broadcast on ABC and featured a public-service announcement about the Kiwanis/COREL partnership.
The tournament also included a reception hosted by the New York District of Kiwanis. More than 50 Kiwanians, including Susan C. Ganey, governor New York District of Kiwanis, and special guests attended the gathering that also featured information and displays concerning the Worldwide Service Project. A special "thank you" also was presented to Kiwanian Steven J. Eisman, past lieutenant governor of the Long Island South Central Division of Kiwanis International, who was instrumental in coordinating Kiwanis' participation in the tournaments.
The Long Island South Central Division includes 14 Nassau County Community Kiwanis Clubs from Elmont to the Massapequas. Eisman is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of East Meadow. David Rothman, also a member of the East Meadow Club, is the current lieutenant governor of the Long Island South Central Division.