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2017 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund

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New projects, visitors, events and generous donations to the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation guided our efforts this year.

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Boys High School Doubles

Members of Cleveland High School’s Boys Tennis Team joined players from Wilson and Benson High Schools on Saturday, April 29th at the Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts. Round robin doubles were played giving the teams extra practice as they head into the PIL District Tournament that week.

Thank you to the families and friends who came to view, Art Shapiro Cleveland’s coach, Carsten Gleeson Wilson’s JV coach, along with Bart Borosky who ran the matches.

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University of Oregon Community Day

A wonderful experience was had by all who joined us on June 3rd to hit with the University of Oregon Mens’ Tennis Team at the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts.

The day began with a welcome by U of O head coach Nils Schyllander, followed by assistant coach Jonas Piibor.

The NCAA ranked #24 – U of O players were introduced and followed by demonstrating collegiate doubles drills. Their skill and athleticism impressed us all. Open hitting followed with all ages joining on the court to experience the joy of tennis! Thank you to the wonderful young men and coaches who gave of their free time to make this day so memorable. Many young tennis players will always remember their day on the courts with these awe-inspiring players. Go Ducks!

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See more at the Portland Tribune!

Summer projects at the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts and Berkeley Park began with the yearly power washing of the courts in May. In June, a maintenance and equipment shed was built on the northwest corner of the courts. This has saved countless hours and made care of the flower beds, and courts more efficient.

The new railing was installed in August near the Bybee St. entrance to the court, as the concrete curb beside the drain was a safety concern. The American flagpole finally was placed in September. Fall brought the non-stop labor of leaf removal from the courts. Fall pruning of plants and an application of mulch throughout the flower beds gave the finishing touch before winter.

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Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation Men’s Doubles Invitational

Thank you to the terrific group of men who played in the double’s tournament on Saturday, September 9th. We want to thank Bart Borosky for organizing this event and those who came to watch. This year’s winners are JT Closi and Bill Terry who met in the finals against John Ezelle and Ian Pray.

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“Woodstock Gives Back Day” hosted by Otto’s Sausage Kitchen

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Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, one of Woodstock’s oldest family-owned businesses, chose to sponsor The Alex Rovello Memorial at this year’s “Woodstock Gives Back Day” on Sept. 13th.  Otto’s generously donated 40% of outside grill sales to the fund. With the community’s support and their generosity, they presented the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation $1,700.00. The funds will be used to maintain the renovated tennis courts in Berkley Park and to provide a safe and professional environment for children and adults, from all walks of life, to learn and play tennis. Thank you, Otto’s Sausage Kitchen.

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Skybox Pub & Grill 

December 18th, we received a precious gift from Debbie and Dennis Vigna, the former owners of Skybox Pub & Grill in Southeast Portland. Alex had signed a photograph for them after winning his first state title in 2007. This was displayed alongside Dennis’s extensive sport memorabilia until the pub’s sale this fall. Dennis and Debbie presented the signed photo to us at the courts, along with a generous donation to the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation. We greatly appreciate their support and generosity.

*Dennis put up on the pub’s marquee a congratulatory message of Alex’s first state title.
Alex also signed his letter of intent at Skybox as he committed to University of Oregon. It was a day he had worked and dreamt of.

2015 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund

The year 2015 brought new events, projects, visitors and generous donations to the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts at Berkeley Park. The continuous use of the two courts gives us much pleasure in knowing that this renovation was something that would benefit our community. Our goal is to maintain these beautiful courts now and into the future.

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Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts

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The Alex Rovello Memorial Fund was founded in 2013 with the hope of establishing a fitting tribute to Alex Rovello, a talented Portland tennis player who was attending the University of Oregon until he suffered a tragic accident in May 2013.

We initially began this project to refurbish the tennis courts at Berkeley Park, but we have expanded out plans.  Alex began playing on these courts when he was two years old and continued to practice there with his Cleveland High School tennis team.  Our fund works to provide other children and families with similar opportunities to play and grow together in their own neighborhood

The newly renovated Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts at Berkeley Park were officially opened July 27, 2014.  Almost 1,400 individuals and families contributed to make these renovations possible at Berkeley Park.

We are grateful to the many families and individuals who have helped us memorialize Alex.

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Donations are still being accepted for maintenance of the courts, future upgrades to the park, and programming. Upcoming events will be posted on this website.