$15 / Families of 5 or less
$20 /Families of 6 or more

How Important Is the March Of Dimes?

A letter from Jeff Sebastianelli:

My name is Jeff Sebastianelli and I’m the chairman of the board of directors for the Eastern NC market of the March of Dimes. This is a volunteer position and something I’m very passionate about.   I’m also a lifelong tennis player. One could say that I’m obsessed as my wife calls tennis “the other woman in my life.” Unfortunately, I’ve been on the sidelines for 3 months with about 3 months of recovery to go because of shoulder surgery. Sidelines is not accurate because I can’t go anywhere near the sport without going nuts. Richard, my team captain, has been up front about a difference of clinical opinion about my return date with my surgeon and OT. You can’t please everybody I guess.

The only other time in my life where I've been away for tennis this long is when my twins were born in 2012. My family and I were vacationing at the beach for the week of July 4th when my wife went into labor at 24 weeks. After four days of labor, she delivered our twins, each weighing less than two pounds. In the delivery room, I had no idea if they made it. At the time, I had no idea that babies that small, born that early, had any chance of survival.

That day, on July 9th, 2012, a tremendous road began…one that lasted 150 days, six surgeries, in two different hospitals. I write to you with a story to tell and I’m proud to say that this story has a happy ending. I do what I do to ensure that more families can say the same.

We are grateful that the March of Dimes was there, making a difference in our lives. The March of Dimes has provided more than 75 years of support for research, treatments, and educational programs... all of which have improved the quality of life for countless children and the parents who love them.  Our twins are a success story; a wonderful example of what March of Dimes efforts have accomplished. 

I know that I’m writing to passionate people because I don’t know anybody who “just plays tennis a little bit.” I wanted to be here because this is an opportunity to marry two great passions in my life. I’m asking that you support our cause, give every baby a fighting chance.

We have a saying at March of Dimes – “What’s better than Moms and Babies?” In this company, perhaps “What's better than Moms, Babies and Tennis” is something we can all agree on!

Jeff Sebastianelli 

June 4th

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seven Oaks Swim and Racquet Club

(2500 Howard Road, Raleigh,NC 27613)

Raindate: June 11th

Bring your family and join us as we work together to raise funds for March For Babies! The afternoon will be filled with tennis, food, music and prizes! This is an event for ALL ages AND abilities.  Never played tennis before? No problem! We'll have racquets your entire family can borrow.  Spend time with your family, enjoying the outdoors, getting exercise and raising money for the March For Babies.  All you need is a pair of sneakers and comfortable clothes!

There will be games suitable for ANY level on the courts (from youth and adults that play regularly to youth and adults that have never picked up a racquet).  This will be guaranteed laughs and good times with your family.  Bring along the grandparents and let them in on the fun too!

Let's raise money for the March of Dimes and give every baby a fighting chance.