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Tennis legend plans Sanibel visit for benefit event

September 24, 2014
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Nick Bolletttieri this year was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. His extensive career as a tennis coach includes developing many leading players, from Andre Agassi and Boris Becker to Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters. The influential coach will be coming to Sanibel Island.

Bollettieri will be part of an exclusive tennis event from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at Beachview Tennis Club in Sanibel, where there will be a Round Robin with instruction by Bollettieri and his professional coaching team. Players registered for the benefit will receive a signed photograph with Bollettieri, as well as the chance to win a Lily & Co. Jewelers 14-karat gold diamond tennis racquet necklace. The event will benefit FISH of Sanibel.

The Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey's will provide a delectable brunch and the experts at R.S. Walsh Landscaping have donated their talent for a crisp landscape. Spectators will be surrounded by Round Robin play, a Q&A session with Nick Bolletieri and have the chance to win a sterling silver tennis suite (earrings and pendant) donated by Lily & Co.

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Nick Bolletieri (left) and Dan Schuyler are hosting the FISH benefit at the Beachview Tennis Club in Sanibel.


The tennis event will be followed by a public "Chocolates and Champagne" book signing from 2-5 p.m. at Lily & Co., which is sponsoring the day. Bollettieri will sign copies of his authorized biography, "Changing the Game," in which he hopes to inspire others to get into the game whatever it may be. There will be a 2-karat diamond tennis bracelet by Benny Sofer up for raffle, too.

"It will be an unforgettable day," said Lily & Co.'s co-owner Dan Schuyler, an avid tennis player who has been coached by Bollettieri. "We are honored to have Nick visit us here on Sanibel. He has been a prominent coach who shares his knowledge and passion for the game with those around him."

Bollettieri, a New York native, opened the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy on 40 acres in Brandenton, where he transformed the way tennis was taught at the elite junior level. Today it is the IMG Academy, which purchased NBTA nearly three decades ago. Bollettieri remains pivotal in the development of the academy and its programs.

Fine jewelry. Tennis with Nick Bollettieri. It's all for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc., a non-profit organization that positively impacts thousands of lives each year through its much-needed social services, including a food pantry. The Walk-In Center on Periwinkle Way is a designated United Way House, which helps the organization develop essential, cost-effective services for clients.

"We are grateful for the work F.I.S.H. does in our community," said Lily & Co.'s co-owner Karen Bell. "It give those who live, work or visit or islands access to much-needed services. It is our pleasure to assist F.I.S.H. in its mission of neighbors helping neighbors."

Voted "Coolest Jewelry Store" in the nation by INSTORE magazine, Lily & Co. Jewelers is housed in a historical building on Tarpon Bay Road, which has been re-purposed over the past century from a Baptist church to a school, bank and podiatrist's office. It has been refurbished once more to include the in-house Design Center, where guests will receive personal service from a master in jeweler, Nicholas De Stefano.

For details and tickets, contact Dan Schuyler at (239) 472-2888, or at Beachview is 1100 Par View in Sanibel.



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