About the Sweet Caroline Open
The Ladies’ Pro Racquetball Tour in cooperation with Sportsclub Fitness and Wellness, South Carolina Racquetball Players’ Association, and OB Hospitalist Group host an annual international racquetball tournament for lady professionals and amateurs. The Sweet Caroline Open hosts the top 32 lady pro racquetball players in the world and over 100 amateurs from across the southeast in a three-day tournament.
Each year the tournament identifies a charity or organization with a worthy cause and gives back to that organization through the generosity of the tournament’s sponsors. Causes supported by the tournament in past years include ovarian cancer research, AEDs for police officer cruisers, combating human trafficking, and supporting domestic violence victims.
To donate to 2022’s charities, Fostering Great Ideas or Carolina C.O.P.S. please click the DONATE button below. To learn more about these organizations, see the descriptions below and links to their websites.
2021 Professional Champions
Champion – Paola Longoria
Runner-Up – Alexandra Herrera
Champions – Samantha Salas Solis & Paola Longoria
Runner-Up – Alexandra Herrera and Montse Mejia
2022 Charitable Impact
For the 2021-2022 tournament year, the Sweet Caroline Open has selected 2 charity organizations for the focus of our fundraising efforts.
Fostering Great Ideas – Reimagine Foster Care
Fostering great Ideas brings Great Ideas to life that improve lives, restore hope, build meaningful relationships and increase community-wide engagement. Their commitment to children provides significant support for them during their foster care journey. Through the work of the dedicated team at Fostering Great Ideas, healing is possible and success is attainable.
Children in foster care have the lowest standardized test scores of any group, the highest level of uncertainty as to where they will lay their head every night, and abnormally high PTSD levels. FGI’s “Great Ideas” restore hope to children and youth at every step of their journey through foster care, and engage the community to respond.
Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors – Rebuilding Shattered Lives
When Carolina C.O.P.S. learns of a line of duty death in South Carolina, they reach out to the family of the fallen as well as the department. Their goal is to assist survivors in putting the pieces of their shattered lives back together again on the road to hope.
Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors received it’s Charter from National C.O.P.S. on March 20, 1990 and was registered as a South Carolina corporation on October 1, 1990 with Paula Radford serving as its first President. Paula is the surviving wife of SC Highway Patrol Trooper George Radford, EOW 10/29/1988. Since its organization, Carolina C.O.P.S. has had eight presidents: Paula Radford, Audrey Way, surviving wife of North Charleston Officer Robert A. Way, EOW 2/18/1985; Sally Guerry, surviving wife of Georgetown Asst. Police Chief Spencer Guerry, EOW 3/9/1994; Shelia Myers, surviving wife of Edgefield Deputy Allen “Pete” Myers, EOW 9/19/2000; Susan Parker, surviving wife of SC Highway Patrol L/Cpl. Jonathan Parker, EOW 5/16/2005; Beverly Coates, surviving mother of SC Highway Patrol ACE Team Trooper Mark H. Coates, EOW 11/20/1992; and Lois Rao, surviving mother of SC Highway Patrol – ACE Team Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao, EOW 6/12/2002; Linda Pope, surviving wife of Cincinnati Police Officer Daniel J. Pope, EOW 12/6/1997.
Past Charitable Impacts
2021 The Family Effect – Serenity Place
This year’s charitable focus will be on supporting The Family Effect – Serenity Place. The Family Effect is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children. It supports programs such as Serenity Place through philanthropy and volunteerism.
Serenity Place is at the center of The Family Effect’s mission to transform families at risk of collapse through addiction. This critical program provides comprehensive, residential treatment to about 120 pregnant women, young mothers and preschool-age children each year. A full 84% of our women and children achieve their treatment goals while in the program.
Kimbley Smith, Director of Women and Children’s Treatment Services at Serenity Place, states, “The Family Effect and Serenity Place are honored to be chosen as the beneficiary of the 2021 Sweet Caroline Open. The funds raised as a result of this tournament will benefit numerous mothers and children during a challenging time in our country. We are also excited about the international spotlight that will be placed on the crisis of addiction and its effects on the family.”
For more information on the Sweet Caroline Open or the fundraising efforts for The Family Effect – Serenity Place, please contact Kevin Dehlinger at 864-288-7220.