In The Pink Tennis and Pickleball Charity Event
Play With a Purpose
Thank YOU for Playing with a Purpose
Thank you for helping the 2023 In the Pink Tennis and Pickleball Charity Event be another great success! This year's event was held on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at seven clubs across town! Thank you to our incredible sponsors, clubs, pros, volunteers and community for helping The Women's Committee fight breast cancer in our community.
Seven racquet venues around town joined us this year, including Lake Monticello for the first time.
In the Pink raised more than $43,000 to support women fighting breast cancer at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Thanks to you, free cancer screenings, support and survivorship services are available to hundreds of women annually. Many of these offerings would not exist, let alone be free, without your generosity.
2023 Event Sponsors
WHAT IS “IN THE PINK”:
In The Pink (ITP) is a tennis, and now pickleball, charity event held annually whose main purpose is to raise funds for advancing women’s health in the community. The Women’s Committee and the Sentara Martha Jefferson Foundation run this event and others to support various women’s health initiatives like free breast health screening days, survivorship programs, and supporting Marianne’s Room at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
HOW DID MARIANNE’S ROOM COME ABOUT:
Marianne's Room was established in 2002 as a resource center for women diagnosed with cancer. This special room is named in memory of Marianne Zirkle who succumbed to breast cancer in 1998. Her family established Marianne’s Room in her honor to provide these services that were not available to the community. ITP was designed to raise funds for Marianne’s Room, and we now annually raise over $30K.
Marianne’s Room provides services that most communities do not have available to them. Any cancer patient receiving cancer treatment, not just those receiving treatment at Martha Jefferson, can benefit from the services provided at Marianne’s Room. Cancer treatment often takes a significant emotional and physical toll on cancer patients, both men and women, such as hair loss and the emotional distress that follows. Marianne’s Room provides resources and materials that help patients cope with these types of difficult and often unexpected side effects and provides a caring and strong support network so that cancer patients can focus more on navigating the challenging journey of their cancer treatment.
HOW ARE FUNDS RAISED:
Funds are raised through registration fees and sponsor donations. The bulk of the funds raised are through registration fees from the event. We welcome players of all skill levels, whether you’ve played tennis or pickleball for years or just recently started to play. It is a lot of fun.
HOW CAN ONE PARTICIPATE:
You can participate by playing tennis or pickleball at one of the In The Pink venues; if you’d rather not play, you can make a direct donation in support of ITP. Events are held at seven venues across Charlottesville.
***Wear Pink*** – We give out prizes for “Most Pink”! Get dressed in pink, grab your racket/paddle, and come join us on the courts for some fun and friendly competition for a great cause in our community! Bring a friend, to play or to watch.
Each venue handles things a little bit differently, but generally play is round-robin style where you have the same partner the whole time, but opponents rotate. Plan to play most of the time you’re there. There will be light refreshments available.
Register online! You’ll get a confirmation email (check your spam filter). Within a week or two of the event, you’ll get information from the folks at your respective venue with an arrival time and any details of play that you need to know.
Safety Agreement: Please Review
I know that participating in an athletic event is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by all decisions of tournament officials, relative to my ability to complete the event safely. I assume all risks associated with this event, including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release all participating tennis facilities, Sentara, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and all sponsors, their representatives, and successors from all claims of liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event. Furthermore, I agree to be bound by the rules established with respect to this event. In addition, I understand that if the event is canceled by circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, my entry fee will not be refunded. I grant permission to all the foregoing to use photographs, motion pictures, records, or other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. By registering for this event online for myself or others, or as a parent or guardian to a registrant under 18, I agree to this clause for all participants registered with my purchase.
Please accept this Waiver Agreement by selecting "yes" to "Safety Agreement" in your registration.