Invitational

Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is a Charity Event hosted by Mark. It was first held in 2001. The event is held in December and is at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island at Nassau (New Providence), Bahamas. The purpose of the event is to raise money for various charities, such as The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Childrens Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players.

2008 Event Information is now avaliable! The event will be held December 5-7 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino, Paradise Island. Please see below for more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, and prior event photos.

LETTER FROM MARK AND VICKY KNOWLES (HIS MOTHER)

Dear Tennis Supporter,

This is the 8th year that we are staging the Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational. We have played host to some of the biggest names in the tennis world such as Andre Agassi, James Blake,  Bob & Mike Bryan, Jim Courier, Robby Ginepri, Tommy Haas, Todd Martin, Fred Stolle, Jennifer Capriati, Amanda Coetzer, Chandra Rubin, Renee Stubbs, Nicole Vaidisova and many others.

The proceeds of the Charity event have enabled us to donate over $300,000 to local children’s charities, including The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hostel, Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players. The tremendous response from the sponsors has played the major role in this success and we would like to invite you to join us for the 2008 event on 5th – 7th December. Once again, this event is dedicated to the memory of Gene Scott, a lifelong member of Lyford Cay, and a great friend of Bahamian tennis.

The Celebrity Exhibition will be at the Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island on Friday afternoon and will offer you, the sponsor, the opportunity to invite your colleagues and clients to sit back and watch the top pros in action.

The Pro/Am doubles event will take place on Saturday and will afford the amateur players the opportunity of playing with the various tennis professionals in a round robin format. There will be a maximum of 14 playing places available for the Platinum Sponsors ($10,000). A Cocktail Reception and Calcutta Auction will take place on Friday night where interested parties will bid on the amateur and professional players to “own” them and therefore participate in a percentage of the prize money.

We take this opportunity of enclosing herewith a sponsorship proposal with a reply form and invite you to support this prestigious event.

Warm Regards,

Mark                                  Vicky

Mark Knowles                  Vicky Knowles

Event Chairman            Event Director

MARK KNOWLES CELEBRITY TENNIS INVITATIONAL

  1. O. Box CB-11911, Nassau, Bahamas

Tel/Fax : (242) 324-8176 ~ E-mail : vickyk@batelnet.bs

Sponsorship Packages

PLATINUM SPONSOR: $10,000

Advertising in international media (Tennis Week) & local media; inclusion in all press releases

Advertising banner / board at event

16 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament (Friday, December 5, 3:30pm)

8 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet (Friday, December 5, 7:30pm)

2 invitations to a Gala Banquet (Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm)

1 complimentary room for 3 nights (December 4-6) at Royal Towers, Atlantis, Paradise Island

1 player entry to participate in the Pro-Am Tennis Tournament in doubles competition (change partners with top tennis professionals)

GOLD SPONSOR: $5,000

Advertising in international media (Tennis Week) & local media; inclusion in all press releases

Advertising banner / board at event

8 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament (Friday, December 5, 3:30pm)

 4 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet (Friday, December 5, 7:30pm)

BRONZE SPONSOR: $1,000

4 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament

2 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet

PRIOR EVENT PHOTOS

These are all courtesy of Vicky Knowles and may not be reproduced w/o her permission. Please email the webmaster if you wish to ask for further information about these.

Event Atmosphere

Past Participants

Andre Agassi and James Blake 

Jim Courier                                                     Tommy Haas

   Junkanoo Band

Mark and Andre Agassi with a fan

Mark, Daniel Nestor, The Hon. Neville Wisdom (Bahamas Minister of Sports), Jim Courier, Vicky Knowles (Event Director), James Blake, John Farrington

Mark thanking the crowd