SOURCE: Stanley Tomchin Philanthropist

March 12, 2014 16:01 ET

Stanley Tomchin Sponsors a Trip to Santa Barbara for Tennis Youth

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 12, 2014) - Stanley Tomchin, an avid philanthropist, has treated eleven children from the Marty Henenssy Jr. Tennis foundation to an extraordinary venture to Santa Barbara, CA. The trip was a reward for kids that maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher, have a positive attitude, are ranked in the state and nationally in tennis and demonstrated leadership qualities to peers their age and younger. After a year full of dedication and hard work, the group got to relax in sunny Santa Barbara. "We cancelled Facebook and text messaging to show that we are trying to better ourselves, use our time wisely and choose to be better than mediocre," said Kimberly Yee, one of the lucky travelers.

The foundation was established to help disadvantaged children by introducing them to tennis, mentoring them and providing education to thousands of at-risk kids and teenagers every year. They goal is to make a difference in children's everyday lives. Through far-reaching leadership programs they introduce recreational tennis to as many children possible, while at the same time offering a high performance element allowing children to go as far as a college scholarship, if they choose to do so. Currently the leadership program maintains 25-40 players and has a 90% success rate in getting children off the streets, into the classroom, onto the tennis court, and into college scholarships.

Following the spirit of the foundation's mission, the trip to Santa Barbara was not just a vacation, but educational at the same time. A visit to the historical Santa Barbara county courthouse, where they got to see hand-painted Groesbeck murals that depict scenes from the past, made history come alive. At Carolee Kreiger's house, a close friend of Stanley's, the kids could explore rare flower species and flora and fauna from many different countries and climates. The next morning, the group had a Yoga class where they stretched and learned how to breathe correctly before heading back to the Tomchin's house, where a professional chef taught the children how to cook and eat healthy. The last spot they hit was the beach which Patrick Kawka, a boy who has been in the foundation since its inception and is heading to BYU on a tennis scholarship this fall, described as the most calm and soothing part of the trip. "My problems turned into waves that would suddenly crash and drift back into the ocean."

Stanley Tomchin is known as the world's most successful professional games player who is now using his good fortune to support several philanthropic causes. Starting out as a chess, bridge and backgammon wiz, who represented the United States in the bridge Olympiad, he used his talents and luck to make his way in the gaming industry, leading to worldwide fame and a successful career. He was raised on Long Island, New York and after travelling and working in places all around the world, from London to the Caribbean to the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, where he spent two weeks playing backgammon with Hugh Hefner, he finally settled in California. Recognizing how lucky he was in doing what he loves, Stanley Tomchin is now dedicating his life to supporting charities and donating to good causes, helping those who are less fortunate.

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