Ryan Fischer loves tennis – it’s a game he’s been playing since he was four.
Now 22, Ryan, a tennis instructor with Toronto’s Mayfair Clubs, decided he wanted to personally do something to raise funds to put racquets into the hands of kids who might otherwise never be introduced to the game.
So Ryan, an experienced and passionate cyclist, decided to turn his love of cycling into a fundraising opportunity, pledging to ride the 965 KM from Toronto to New York City, and asking friends, family and those who believe in his cause, to support him with donations to Tennis Canada’s Let’s Make Tennis Matter campaign.
I congratulated Ryan on his ride… I did something similar the year my father died, cycling 1000 KM to raise funds for another charitable cause. Ryan’s proof we can all use our time and talent to make a difference.
His nine-day ride raised $11,101 that will support the growth of Kids Tennis in partnership with volunteers and tennis groups across the country.
“It felt amazing when I got there,” he said of his arrival in the “Big Apple,” where he was met by his father and took in the US Open semis and finals.
Happily, Ryan’s “ride” may become an annual tradition, perhaps open to other cycling and tennis enthusiasts eager to share the journey, and to help get more Canadian kids onto the courts.