Sports are a fantastic way to bring people together and develop a sense of community.
Sports help teach youth the value of teamwork, self-worth and integrity, and keeps them active and healthy. The Odlum Brown VanOpen supports youth programs to help them achieve their potential and overcome adversity. Every child deserves the opportunity to explore, learn, play and potentially develop a lifelong interest in sports, either competitively or recreationally.
The Odlum Brown VanOpen proudly supports Tennis BC’s outreach programs that work with youth to engage them in tennis while also increasing their social and emotional resiliency.
The Odlum Brown VanOpen also supports CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids), a volunteer-run charitable foundation that focuses on raising funds for community programs and services that support inner city children and youth in Vancouver. One in five children in Vancouver lives in poverty, and programs supported by CLICK feed hungry children, provide safe out-of-school care and access to sports, camps, leadership opportunities and arts and culture.
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Fourth Annual Odlum Brown VanOpen Community Day presented by Birds Nest Properties
This special event was held Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at Hollyburn Country Club. The day sees youth from Tennis BC’s Girls in Action outreach program and CLICK : Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids participate in a day of tennis provided by Hollyburn Country Club tennis coaches, Tennis Canada high performance youth to inspire, along with former ATP professional, Tournament Director Rik de Voest.
“It is fantastic to have our first Community Day since 2019 after being impacted by the pandemic for the past two years. There’s so much joy in seeing the positive impact on the youth who take part,” said Odlum Brown VanOpen Chair Carlota Lee. “A number of these kids face hurdles every day and to help them even a little bit is a proud feeling.”
The fun-filled event saw youth take part in a morning of tennis provided by Hollyburn Country Club tennis coaches and Odlum Brown VanOpen Tournament Director and former ATP Tour pro Rik de Voest.
“When these young people have their confidence built up, and the guidance to reach for their dreams, they can achieve anything. We are thrilled to be part of Odlum Brown VanOpen Community Day and play a role in helping these youth on the right path,” said Jonathan Low, Managing Broker of Birds Nest Properties, which is the presenting partner of the Odlum Brown VanOpen Community Day. “Tennis BC Girls in Action and CLICK presenting these kids with opportunities they might not be able to experience otherwise is very commendable.”
Each participant enjoyed a barbecue lunch provided by Fresh St. Market , receive an event shirt donated by T-Shirt Printing Company, junior tennis racket from Head and a hat from Babolat, all packaged up in bag with balls from Hollyburn Country Club Sport Boutique. The youth received a tennis workshop from the entire Hollyburn Country Club Tennis coaching team on the outdoor courts of the club. The kids had so much fun!
A huge thank you to Birds Nest Properties and our supporters HEAD, T-shirt Printing Company, Babolat, Fresh St. Market, Rik de Voest and Alex Korch and all the coaches at Hollyburn Country Club. The BC National Junior Training Program Head National Coach Oded Jacob who brought the high performance youth who inspired the kids attending Community Day.
The Odlum Brown VanOpen supports CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids), a volunteer-run charitable foundation that focuses on raising funds for community programs and services that support inner city children and youth in Vancouver. One in five children in Vancouver lives in poverty, and programs supported by CLICK feed hungry children, provide safe out-of-school care and access to sports, camps, leadership opportunities and arts and culture.
“The CLICK team believes every kids counts in Vancouver and deserves a shot at success. That’s why our 2019 goal is to raise $150,000 for the programs that need funding to ensure kids living in poverty are fed, safe and have access to opportunities other kids take for granted,” says CLICK director Brenda Penton.
Since 2004 CLICK has raised over $700,000 for more than 450 programs that make a massive, daily difference to thousands of children and youth living in poverty in Vancouver. Without support, many of these kids could fall through the cracks. With support, they can dream, set goals and succeed in life.
For more information about CLICK visit: www.clicktokids.ca