Slazenger makes dream come true

Slazenger is helping to make 17-year old Connor Smith’s Wimbledon dream come true. The Reach for a Dream Organization approached Wayne Bebb, CEO of the local Slazenger distributor Brand ID, for assistance in helping Connor to reach his ultimate dream to attend a match at Wimbledon.

Connor, who is in matric this year, is fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sport is an integral part of his life – be it playing or watching – and he longed to attend a tennis match at Wimbledon.

Brand ID and Dunlop Slazenger secured Wimbledon match tickets on Court One for Connor and his mom, Kim Smith, for today, 7th July, where he will be able to see Venus Williams, amongst others, play.

Due to the kind assistance of the Pepkor Group, together with personal donations from two of their directors, Leon Lourens, MD Pepkor Africa and Sean Cardinaal, from Pepkor Europe, their accommodation and flights to London had been taken care of.

“It was a real honour to make Connor’s dream come true as he represents an incredible energy and spirit of a young man,” says Bebb. “It was incredible to see the support of Slazenger out of the UK and Pepkor in making this a reality and we are humbled to have been a part of the truly remarkable Reach for a Dream Foundation.”

Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to The Championships (Wimbledon) since 1902. This is the longest partnership in sporting goods history.

Slazenger’s team of experts work with sports scientists at Loughborough University to guarantee The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s high standards are met in the 52 000 balls they will supply for this year’s tournament. Each of them are tested for weight, bounce and compression.

Source credit: Sports Trader
Photo: Jon Haughton, Dunslaz Division Brand Manager, at Wimbledon with 17 year old Connor Smith.