Circles of Caring Third Annual Tennis and Pickleball Tournament
Registration for the Third Annual Circles of Caring Tennis and Pickleball Tournament opens Wednesday, May 1 online at www.lentilfest.com/sporting-events. Pickleball is being added to the tournament for the first time this year. The tournament is held during the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Washington beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 17.
Over the past two years, generous tournament sponsors and participants have raised more than $50,000 to support Circles of Caring Adult Day Services in Pullman.
Circles of Caring provides community-based health and wellness enhancement for adults with a range of needs such as stroke recovery, living with dementia, mental health issues, or physical challenges resulting from multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. Circles also supports participants and their families through social services and through cognitive, physical, and social programs to enhance the dignity and self-esteem of each person.
Funds from the tournament are used to support these programs and staff salaries who care for participants and support caregivers.
“We have participants from 29 years old to 101 years old,” says executive director Hollie Mooney. “Our staff must have special qualities because they are not only expected to assist participants with daily living tasks, but also to interact with participants to foster self-confidence and give meaning to each person’s life. We wouldn’t be able to do all that we do without staff who care so much for those participants who attend Circles of Caring.”
The tournament has also helped spread the word about Circle of Caring’s services in the Pullman and Moscow communities.
“As our signature fundraising event, it helps get our name out into the community in a different way so we can help more people with the services we provide,” says Mooney. “The people who participate in the tennis tournament are having a good time and hopefully are also enjoying it because it is for a good cause.”