MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation will sponsor its 14th annual tennis classic on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Saint James School in Saint James, Md.  

Organized by a group of local physicians, the event was established in 2004 as a fundraiser to benefit Berkeley Medical Center. The tournament was renamed the Frank Sabado, Jr, M.D., Tennis Classic in 2015 in memory of one of the founders and longtime chairman of the event.  

Tennis Classic Co-Chairs Ernie Agbayani, M.D., and Roberto Reyna, M.D., plan to work very hard to make this year’s event a success. “We are committed to make this a legacy event in memory of our colleague and friend, Frank Sabado,” Dr. Agbayani said.   

Over the past 13 years, the tennis classic has raised more than $170,000 in support of various patient services at Berkeley Medical Center. Last year, the committee chose to establish the Frank Sabado, Jr., M.D., Tennis Classic Scholarship for area graduates pursuing a career in medicine.

“A one-time $2,000 scholarship was awarded to one student in each of the six public high schools in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties,” Dr. Reyna said. The scholarship was so well received that the committee has decided to offer the program again this year. “It’s a way for us to support local students interested in becoming physicians,” Reyna added.       

The annual Frank Sabado, Jr., M.D., Tennis Classic is a round-robin format with the highest scoring doubles awarded. Trophies are given to the top two players in the men’s and women’s divisions, along with the player with the most aces. In order to participate, registrants must be 18 years old by Sept. 1, 2017.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the St. James School tennis courts, with play to begin at 9 a.m. The individual player entry fee is $100. Corporate sponsorships are also available at $1,000, $500, and $250 levels. An awards ceremony with lunch, provided by Sodexo, will immediately follow the conclusion of play.

For more information on the 2017 tennis classic, contact the WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation office at 304-264-1223.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, WVU Medicine Eastern Panhandle Vice President of Marketing and Development, 3