College Tennis Serves Up Support for Autism

SJU’s Kinney Center to benefit from tournament proceeds

Thursday, November 7, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (November 7, 2013) —Eight top universities will gather on Friday, Nov. 15, to compete in the Collegiate Tennis Showdown to support Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. In addition to SJU, The University of Virginia, Villanova University, The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Chestnut Hill College, Temple University, Franklin and Marshall College and Randolph Macon College will compete. The competition begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Proceeds from the event will provide financial assistance and support to families enrolling their child in Camp Kinney, a five-week summer experience that combines children with autism and their neurotypical peers for fun and social growth. 

“I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with Chirico Cohen Tennis Academy and Green Valley Country Club to raise support and awareness for the Kinney Center,” says Executive Director Ryan Hammond. “Working with community partners allows us to expand our services and meet the growing needs of individuals with autism and their families.”

We’re fortunate in our ability to create the biggest court for court program in the Northeast and an academy that not only creates champions on the court but off the court as well,” says Jarrett Chirico, of Chirico Cohen Tennis Academy. “We are truly humbled at the opportunity to partner with such a great organization. When people open their hearts and are willing to work for a great cause, real change can happen.”

Tickets are $35 for individuals. VIP options are available. Visit for details and to register.

About the Kinney Center: The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support has a two-fold mission: to educate and train the autism professionals of tomorrow, while supporting and serving the individuals and families affected by autism today. The Kinney Center seeks students with high aspirations of serving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, their schools and service providers, and their community. Students will be challenged to approach the autism field in a creative, spirited and meaningful way, and to work to produce the best possible outcomes for those with ASD.

Media Contact

Kelly Welsh, Senior Director of Communications, College of Arts and Sciences, University Communications, 610-660-1385,

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