Giving Back

When I got involved with Tennis.Life, my vision for the space was different than the ordinary tennis website. I wanted to use my lifetime involvement in tennis to make a difference. After much thought, I couldn’t think of a better way than creating a section dedicated to Giving Back.

My original thought was to give coverage to some of the philanthropic entities started by some of tennis’ most familiar names. Agassi, Roddick, Fish, The Bryan Brothers and many more all have highly active charitable foundations, yet I felt the tennis public was on a whole unawares of the efforts made by charities to improve the lives of those less fortunate.


The whole concept of Giving back dates back to biblical times. In Luke 12:48,  And to every one to whom much has been given, much shall be required from …”  

Then I got thinking. To whom much is given does not only apply to super star athletes and public figures. To all of us, much is given. And we all have the capacity to put our hearts and energy behind  a worthy cause. And so came the idea of creating a Playforluke day of tennis to benefit the

 Inspired by Bobby Banck’s inaugural Play For Luke Event in Arkansas this past Fall, I spoke to Tim Siegel about hosting a similar event in Southern California. His inspired response motivated me to get organizing here in SoCal. And on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Jack Kramer Club, we will be hosting the first annual Play For Luke Tennis Fundraiser.

I want to thank the Jack Kramer Club, all the local teaching professionals who offered up their time to help out, UCLA mens and womens tennis, Stanford tennis, Wayne and the Brothers Bryan, Stevie Johnson Jr and Sr, Grigor Dimitrov, and none other than Pete Sampras for all so kindly donating signed gear from racquets to shoes to all sorts of cool clothing for our raffle and subsequent auction to benefit the TeamLukeFoundation. 

You never know how people are going to respond when you try to host an event like this. 

I can’t tell you how moving the outpouring of support for our event has been, and most importantly, for Luke and the whole tennis family. Tennis has always been a unique fraternity. For those of us who grew up playing this game as kids, there’s a lasting bond we have with each other. We stick together, particularly when one of our own is hurting. And that’s what this event is about. Coming together around the sport we love for a cause far greater than ourselves.

Proud of everyone involved in making this event come off. Please come out and join us this Saturday at the Kramer Club for what we hope will be the first of many events to come.

Peace and Love,

Barry Buss



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