Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3rd Annual Loyola Tennis Tournament to be Held Sept. 24 at Oak Park Tennis Center

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The 3rd Annual Loyola Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Oak Park Tennis Center, 544 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest.

"The beautiful clay courts were recently renovated, and they will provide a wonderful playing atmosphere," said Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, director of the Loyola Tennis Medicine Program.

The tournament, open to all levels, will support research for the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center.

Funds raised from last year's tournament supported Loyola pediatric specialists who are evaluating the causes of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in children admitted to the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital. 

"In addition to supporting research, the tournament will bring awareness to the many services and leading-edge care provided by Loyola's pediatric medical and surgical specialists," said Dr. Jerold Stirling, department chairman.

The team round-robin tournament will have a junior/competitive division and an adult/recreational division, guaranteeing play all afternoon. Space is limited to 70 players. The tournament will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the finals will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include a round-robin tournament that will allow people of all skill levels to participate. "With this format, everyone gets to be involved," Jayanthi said. "It's a chance to have fun, enjoy a wonderful sport and support a great cause."

The cost is $50 per participant ($30 per student, including junior high, high school and Loyola University Chicago medical, nursing, graduate and undergraduate students). Included in the fee are light refreshments, T-shirts, balls and finalist trophies.

The tournament is sponsored by Loyola University Health System Sports Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. 

To register online, visit For more information, contact Chris Eggerding (708) 327-9128 or at

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.