Lobo Tennis & USPTA Holding Fundraiser Saturday For Loren Dils
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/03/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 3, 2011

Lobo Tennis/USPTA Lessons For Life Fundraiser
3-6:30 p.m., Saturday -- Linda Estes Tennis Complex

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

There are some bragging rights on the line for the New Mexico Lobo tennis players when they stand in front of a crowd Saturday at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex and someone shouts, "Let the bidding begin!"

So, which Lobo is going to lure in the most bucks? Is Lobo Conor Berg worth more than teammate Carl Ho? Will Anya Villanueva pull in more dough than fellow UNM senior Ashley Bonner?

One thing is for certain: It really doesn't matter. A USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) Lessons For Life event will be held at the Lobo complex from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and this event is as much a fun raiser as it is fundraiser.

The cause is a great one. All proceeds go to the Loren Dils Foundation for ALS. Dils is a former Lobo assistant coach and director of the Lobo Tennis Club, who is battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The Lobo men's soccer team held a fundraiser in April for ex-Lobo Pat Grange, who also is battling ALS.

"The guys are excited to do this," said Alan Dils, Loren's twin brother and the Lobo men's head coach. "The format sounds like a lot of fun for everyone."

Saturday's event begins with a clinic from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., taught by local pros and UNM players. There is a tax-deductible donation of $20 (per person) for the clinic. There also will be a fast-serve contest and a hit-the-target contest.

The bidding and a snack break will be completed between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and a mixed doubles tournament will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


"This is a great opportunity for the tennis community to support Loren and his awesome family."
Christine Paulsen, event organizer

To play in the mixed doubles tourney, you have to outbid someone to secure a Lobo playing partner. The bidding starts at $50. You can register for the clinic on site beginning at 2:30 p.m. or call Christine Paulsen at 505-331-1524 or email her at paulsenfam6@aol.com.

"We were looking to hold an USPTA event because the organization encourages tennis pros to do something in May for their community," said Paulsen, a former collegiate player. "Then I saw it also could be used as a Lessons For Life fundraiser.

"This is a great opportunity for the tennis community to support Loren and his awesome family. Loren has done so much for tennis in our area and he has done so much to promote junior tennis in New Mexico.

"When we told Loren we were going to do this, he got tears in his eyes and said, "You're doing this for me?'"

USPTA members are active fundraisers in their communities and use tennis as a healthy vehicle to help local or national charities or needy families. The fundraisers include tournaments, pro-ams, auctions, dinners, clinics, etc. The charities benefiting from these events include American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

This Saturday the USPTA can add another good cause to their list - the Loren Dils Foundation for ALS.

"We just hope that a lot of people will come out and get some great tennis instruction, mingle with some great players and join us in what should be a fun afternoon," said Paulsen.