Missouri Valley / Iowa

Tennis for a Good Cause in Iowa City

Andrea Gallagher | September 01, 2023

Whether you’re a tennis novice, or a seasoned pro, you can sign up for the Groundstrokes for Strokes tournament September 22-24, 2023, and your money will go to a good cause. The tournament was started by medical, dental and physical therapy students at the University of Iowa to raise money for stroke awareness and research at the University hospitals. 


“Every penny that someone spends on this isn’t going to anything but the philanthropic cause itself,” said organizer Chirayu Shukla. “Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., and it’s vital to figure out ways to improve care and diagnosis of it. The funds we donate aims to do that, while also empowering education about it.”


The three-day event includes drill clinics introducing the fundamentals of tennis, while the last day is capped off with a USTA sanctioned doubles tournament. It’s open to anyone aged 18-over.

Skip Advertisement


“It’s open to all levels so it’s super beginner-friendly but also has challenging opportunities for advanced players,” Shukla added. “In addition, the USTA tournament provides a good way for players to compete and work on their rating.”

Last year $6,000 was raised from this tournament, organizers hope to exceed that number this year. The event is at Liberty High School, 1400 Dubuque St NE, North Liberty, IA 52317. For more information or to sign up, click on this website: https://www.groundstrokesforstrokes.com.



Skip Advertisement


Related Articles

  • Nathan and Teresa Williams pose after winning the Adaptive Doubles Championship.
    Adaptive Doubles Champs
    September 15, 2023
    Nathan and Teresa Williams of Cedar Rapids won the USTA Missouri Valley Adaptive Doubles Qualifier in August in Lincoln, Neb. Read More
  • New Iowa JTT Coordinator Astrid Araya.
    HHM: Astrid Araya
    September 08, 2023
    Originally from El Salvador, Astrid Araya first picked up a tennis racquet at seven years old. Soon after, she realized how much she loved the sport and all the opportunities it provided her. Read More
  • Nick Patrick and his doubles partner at the National Clay Court Championships.
    Player of the Year
    September 06, 2023
    16-year old Nicholas Patrick has been playing tennis for as long as he can remember, and held a racquet in his hand as soon as he could walk. Read More