Originally published in Compass, July 10, 2014
Chris Angell tournament benefits NAMI
Cathy Planchart, of Bar Harbor Savings Bank of Maine makes a donation to the 2014 Chris Angell Summer Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting the National Alliance on Mental Alliance in Maine.
The second annual Chris Angell Summer Classic tennis tournament, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, was held in mid-June and raised money for the local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Health, according to a news release from the bank. This USTA sanctioned boys/girls tournament was played at the Ellsworth Tennis Center and co-hosted by NAMI-Maine and the Maine Tennis Foundation. Funds raised by the event go to NAMI-Maine and the Maine Tennis Foundation.
The tournament is named for Chris Angell who taught tennis at the Ellsworth Tennis Center, prior to his death in 2012. He was the #1 ranked men’s tennis player in Maine for the two years prior to his death and one of the top ten in New England. As a scholarship athlete at Indiana University, Angell was named all Big Ten his sophomore year. He reached a ranking of 33 nationally by the NCAA and played briefly on the pro satellite circuit. He had a lifelong battle with schizophrenia.
NAMI-Maine is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone affected by mental illness. Services are provided directly and through a statewide structure of local affiliates and support groups. They advocate for improved quality of services; educate, inform, and provide resources; and raise public awareness and promote understanding of mental illness.
According to Chip Angell, Chris’s father, the final tally of funds raised by the tournament is not in yet.
“The companion tournament held in April in Portland, The Chris Angell Open Championship, earned NAMI Maine $500,” he said. “This was the second year for both tournaments, and the player participation has increased some 30 percent in Portland and 50 percent in Ellsworth. Plans for next year are under way.”