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Students Host Charity Tennis Event at Byram Hills

ARMONK, N.Y.- When most college students are savoring the last few weeks of summer break, Irwin Reibeisen and Sam King are busy working for a cause.

The rising sophomores (Reibeisen at Bucknell and King at Bowdoin) are working hard to raise proceeds for the American Cancer Society of Westchester Friday through Sunday at their self-named King-Reibeisen charity open tennis event at Byram Hills High School.

Reibeisen, who graduated from Byram Hills in 2009, says a year of college made both he and King realize that they wanted to do some good for the local community.

“We both really wanted to give back this summer because we both just finished our first year of college and it really opened our eyes a little bit as to giving back to the community,” Reibeisen said. “Cancer’s impacted both our lives so we thought, ‘what would be a better thing to give back to than The American Cancer Society of Westchester?’”

King, who is from Rye, said he and Reibeisen had originally planned on targeting college level athletes for the event but they soon realized that wasn’t the only crowd interested in competing.

“We were originally going to target mostly college tennis players, we’ve sort of just began organizing a tennis tournament and as we realized how excited people were about the event and getting behind it we realized we wanted to target a much broader populous,” King said.

Competing in the event are about 40 people from around Westchester. Age ranges in the tournament are 13-70.

To help with donations for food, drinks, and items for a silent auction that runs throughout the event, Reibeisen and King were able to get about 30 local businesses and individuals to sponsor the event in some way.

“It’s been really incredible seeing how generous virtually every local business or individual we’ve reached out to has been,” King said.

An ice cream party will be held Sunday with treats from three ice-cream shops that made donations, including Ben and Jerry’s.

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