What better way to start a Sunday morning that to join about 50 other women for a little tennis for a great cause? It's called "Rally For A Cure - a great little fundraiser put on by the fun loving crowd at the Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center. Now in its second year, the event had players of all levels donning their best pink tennis attire, bringing along an array of snacks and drinks and setting out an itinerary of games that included and healthy does of trash talking and noise making that included bells, horns and a lot of laughing. Somewhere in the middle of all that was a round robin style tournament.
My friend Debbie agreed to join me on this adventure. We met up at the Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar at 7:30 Sunday morning and drove in together. When we arrived we were greated by friendly faces in the parking lot, making their way into the courts that were decorated with balloons, streamers and banners. The place looked great! Within minutes we found the other two member of our team... KFMB editor extrordinaire Donna Dube and her tennis buddy Nelda. We found our assigned court and before I could take my racquet out of my tennis bag the horn blew and the games began. Debbie and I were worried because we didn't have much time to warm up and didn't want to let our teammates down. But a few games into the day we realized that most of the people there weren't too concerned about keeping score... the main focus was fun. And we had lots of it. There was an incredible family atmosphere about the whole thing and I really have to say to all the people at the RBTC... you crack me up! You're just as quick to applaud a great point as you are to laugh at a longtime friend over a flubbed shot and no one's feelings ever seem to get hurt. Did I mention it was just a lot of fun?
As I was driving home in the early afternoon I thought about what a perfect fundraiser this was and a great way to raise awareness of breast cancer. I hope the Rally has many, many more years of success and I would like to be a part of making sure that happens. If you play tennis regularly or just occasionally for fun, it really doesn't matter. Just bring your racquet, your sense of humor and an appetite for Mimosas and pink cupcakes first thing in the morning and you'll fit right in. I'm going to make a point of telling more people about this event next year in this hopes that this effort and the money it raises continues to grow. Hats off to everyone at RBTC for putting it together and thanks to my buddy Debbie for joining me on this adventure. I had a blast!