STANFORD, Calif. – With Cal men’s tennis head coach Peter Wright serving as emcee, Youth Tennis Advantage (YTA), led by President Sandy Walker and Executive Director Mike Skinner, held a fundraising dinner on Monday night at the Bank of the West Classic and netted over $200,000 for youth tennis in the Bay Area.
Guests at the event included San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, his godson and former Giant Barry Bonds, women’s tennis star Sabine Lisicki and broadcaster Ted Robinson. A YTA vice president, Wright also served as auctioneer at the dinner. The top bid of the evening went to Mays’ personal Giants suite, with the prize including a guest appearance by Mays and Bonds.
The dinner also honored Arthur Ashe Award winner and Cal alumnus Bob Sockolov, whose connections to youth tennis, the San Francisco Giants and Bay Area philanthropy have earned him respect and admiration throughout the community.
Youth Tennis Advantage supports youth tennis and tutoring programs at Hunter’s Point and John McLaren Park in San Francisco, Mosswood Park in Oakland, and the BearTrax program at the Cal tennis facility. To make a donation please go to www.youthtennis.org