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Throughout the world there is a holocaust of hunger, poverty and disease. More than 5 million children die each year from the effects of hunger-related causes. More than 9 million are malnourished and food insecure.

In the United States. more than 35 million persons live below the federal poverty level. On Long Island more than 250 thousand of its people receive some form of food assistance throughout the course of the year.

2009 marks the 29th year that "Stop World Hunger" has been using tennis events to help the hungry throughout the world. During this time, more than $99,000 has been forwarded to Catholic Relief Services to assist them in their efforts to feed God's hungry children in more than 100 countries. Assistance is provided based on need regardless of race, religion or nationality. In addition, much nonperishable food has been collected for the hungry of Long Island.

The "Stop World Hunger" schedule for 2009 begins with a tennis party at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick on Saturday evening, March 21. Participants are guaranteed two hours of playing time (doubles) and light refreshments. Funds raised will be used for famine relief and canned food will be collected for a local food pantry. The cost is $15 per player and $7.50 for non-players.

Next up will be the annual "Stop World Hunger" Spring Tennis Tournament. Events consist of singles for men and women as well as doubles for men, women and mixed teams. Depending upon registration, divisions are established according to ability levels and geographic location. The tournament format consists of no elimination, round-robin play. Matches are best 2 out of 3 sets and awards are presented to the top players in each division.

The cost for the tournament is $6 for singles and $10 for doubles. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25. Matches are to be played between April 4 - June 7. Participants schedule their own matches at mutually convenient times and sites. Awards will be presented at a tennis party at Carefree Racquet Club scheduled for Saturday evening, June 20.

If you have any questions or would like applications and/or more information, you can write to: Stop World Hunger Tennis, 53 Elm Place, Amityville, NY 11701. Or, if you prefer, call Matt at 1-631-789-3618.


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