Music filled the air Wednesday as a group of children from the Salvation Army Children’s Shelter were treated to some holiday cheer playing tennis at the Clayview Country Club in the northland of Kansas City.
The charity event, which lasted close to four hours gave kids from the home the opportunity to play tennis, get prizes, t-shirts, nutrition advice and samples from Ruby Jean’s Juicery, along with a full lunch and a DJ.”
The surprise was organized by One Love Tennis founder Michael-Ray Pallares along with the tremendous support from the Kansas City community.
“The Kansas City community has been amazing. The warmth and kindness from everybody not only made this event possible, but a huge success,” Pallares said.
“Giving back to children in need during the holiday season and seeing the smiles, laughter, and happiness that is a part of this type of event, really helps us make memories that are going to last a lifetime,” Pallares added. “This will help inspire the children so in the future they too can be successful.”
True to his words, the event was hugely successful and the children were really happy to have the opportunity to play outside their usual environment. One Love Tennis doesn’t plan on stopping here.
“Because of the success of this event, we plan on making this an annual tradition with the ultimate goal of bringing this program to as many children in the Kansas City area and beyond,” Pallares said.
To help with the One Love Tennis initiative or participate as a sponsor or volunteer, email Michael-Ray Pallares at [email protected]