Kevin Young was a standout with the UC Santa Barbara Club Tennis team. A co-president and doubles starter, Young, helped take the team to the top of the pack in Southern California. Now, a year removed from the program, Young has set his sights on another prize. He’s hosting USTA Southern California’s first Tennis On Campus Charity Tournament alongside the UCSB Club Tennis team. All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the National Parkinson’s Foundation– a charity close to Young’s heart.
Young’s grandfather has lived with the disease for years, so he’s familiar with the toll it can take on a person and their loved ones.
“I want to do more with my life,” Young said. “I want to help people. I wanted to do this tournament to bring awareness to the cause and hopefully raise a little money for Parkinson’s research.”
Awaiting pharmacy school, Young has been out of college for a few months now, but he’s still keeping ties with his Gaucho tennis teammates. The UCSB Club Team has been instrumental in getting the tournament off the ground. UCSB President Lincoln Howarth and club member Kelly Chan have worked with the school’s administration to secure courts, file the proper paperwork, and rally the troops of course.
As of Tuesday, the tournament has nearly 60 entrants with an anticipated fundraising total growing toward $1,000.
The tournament includes doubles draws for men, women, and mixed teams. The entry fee is $15/player and the format is set for 8-game pro-sets, but with rain in the forecast, could change.
The Southern California Tennis Association is providing lunch for the players on Saturday. Young and the Gauchos are providing the fun.
“Pharmacy is a profession that allows me to help people, but at the end of the day, it’s a job I’ll be paid to do.” Young said. “It’s not truly altruistic. This is something we’re all doing out of the kindness of our hearts. It gives life meaning. Every little bit of money raised counts. Hopefully we can say we helped find a cure someday.”
The tournament is scheduled for January 9th and 10th at UC Santa Barbara. To make a personal donation, please contact Kevin Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lincoln Howarth (email@example.com) for more information.