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Krulevitz Tennis Program Celebrates 25 Years

July 6, 2009

By Daniel Rifkin

Online Exclusive

The Steve Krulevitz Tennis Program, an institution in the local tennis scene celebrates its 25th anniversary with a reunion on July 11 at The Gilman School. The event will feature WBAL's Rod Daniels as master of ceremonies and a silent auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Dr. Michael Feinglass Cancer Foundation.

For Krulevitz, a former All-American who spent a decade on the professional tennis circuit, the night commemorates 25 years since his return to Baltimore to serve as a mentor to other younger tennis players including local pros Reed Cordish and Patrick Osuna. He also has worked with such players as Gilad Bloom and Jaime Yzaga Tori, who at one point ranked 18th in the nation.

But the event celebrates more than just Krulevitz's contributions to Baltimore tennis.

"No one has been more blessed than me when it comes to working with some great people," Krulevitz said. "One person does not make the camp; it takes a collective effort and a special group to keep this summer tradition running with energy and excitement."

Krulevitz promises attendance by guests from all over the country, including longtime friends from the professional tennis circuit like Harold Solomon -- who in 1976 finished as runner-up in the French Open -- as well as many of the counselors, campers and friends who have been a part of the tennis camp over the years.

"It's going to be a great way to get reconnected," said Krulevitz. "A lot of people who are coming we haven't seen in five or ten or even fifteen years." The coach is even expecting some students from 25 years ago to attend.

"Every day [at the Krulevitz Tennis Program] has been a great memory. Everyone who has been associated with the camp has shared something special," Krulevitz said.

Both of the foundations involved in the event are of special significance to Krulevitz and the camp. The Camp's former public relations manager, Tricia Bowley, died of cystic fibrosis, and Krulevitz's wife, Ann, works for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Michael Feinglass Cancer Foundation is named after a former camper and counselor who died in 2002.

The reunion event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Gilman's Lumen Center. Tickets cost $50 ($35 for guests 21 and under); guests can also donate more to the causes by sponsoring the event or purchasing an advertisement in the commemorative program.

Posted July 7, 2009