Worcester Rotary Club to Recognize Donors
August 13, 2007
Date & Time: August 16, 2007 at 12:30pm
Place: Club Maxine's
Contact: Barbara G. Haller, 508 414 0266
On the occasion of its August meeting, the Worcester Rotary
Club will present the Friends of Worcester Neighborhoods with
a check for $10,000 to be used for expenses incurred in renovating
three handball courts in Worcester. Other donors will be recognized:
Worcester City Manager Michael O'Brien and his Parks Department,
Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis and his Community Services
office, Fran Pisegna of the Friends of Worcester Neighborhoods,
Frank Zitomersky of ZU Development, Ron Charette of the South
Worcester Neighborhood Center, Olympic Trophies, Polar Beverages,
and District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller.
The Worcester Rotary Club under the leadership of its president,
John Morello, adopted the two handball courts in South Worcester
and the one handball court in Oread-Castle Park this summer.
All three courts were improved to tournament level status.
Worcester Rotary believes that handball is an important recreational
sport that has been underserved.
Worcester Rotary President Morello explains, "I understand
that there are many important needs in our City and Worcester
Rotary is proud to have been a partner in meeting many of
them. That being said, this particular need has some unique
features - no one else is doing this in the City, handball
is a relatively inexpensive sport to support and play, and
there is every indication that, once supported, handball will
grow to provide many youth and adults with recreational (and
healthy) opportunities - across all ethnic and age groups."
Councilor Haller adds, "There has been great interest
in developing a handball league, but unfortunately our courts
are in poor condition and efforts to rebuild them have been
delayed. Worcester Rotary's generous donation and support
has made the difference between dream and reality. We certainly
couldn't have done this without them. Once Worcester Rotary
committed to the effort other donors stepped forward and we
will able to complete the task this June and July - early
enough to get a league going and a tournament organized. Worcester
can call itself a Handball-Friendly City thanks to Worcester
Rotary and the others they inspired to get the work done."
At this press event, Worcester's First Outdoor Summer Handball
Tournament will be officially announced. The newly formed
Worcester Handball Association along with the above sponsors
will hold this event at the newly renovated Harry Sherry handball
courts on Cambridge and Camp streets this coming Saturday,
August 18th. The youth portion will begin at 10am and the
adult tournament will begin at noon. A family style cookout
for everyone participating, watching, and enjoying the tournament
will run from noon to 2pm.