Jerry Berg Tennis Benefit a Smash Success!
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Jerry Berg Tennis Benefit a Smash Success!

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center’s 2ND ANNUAL Chapel Haven Tennis Round Robin in memory of the late Dr. Jerry Berg was a great success.

Co-organizers Jerry Weil and Melissa Lawson (daughter of the late Dr. Berg) report that 36 individuals registered to play tennis on Jan. 6, 2019, along with 20 adults from Chapel Haven and countless friends and family members.

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz welcomed the participants, who came not only from Greater New Haven area but from Larchmont, NY, Sheffield, MA., Basking Ridge, NJ and other locations. The proceeds of the event help to defray the cost of tennis instruction for adults at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc.! Special congrats to Jeff and Janet Smith of Larchmont, NY for their winning score of 15 games win!

The day included:
2:15-2:45 p.m.- A new option that proved popular, in which tennis registrants had the chance to take part in a Unified Doubles Play with a Chapel Haven Tennis Player.
2:45- 5 p.m. Adult Round Robin doubles play

Registrants also received an embossed tennis towel in honor of the day and a lollipop! Stay tuned for details about the date for next year’s event.

About Jerry Berg: Jerry Berg, a great friend of Chapel Haven and our community members, grew up playing tennis in Queens, NY and avidly throughout his 40-year medical career as a practicing radiologist in his own practice at Waterbury Hospital. Married to his wife, Barbara, for 52 years, and father of Melissa, Adam and Jason, Jerry also taught medical students at Yale and was a highly respected member of his community. Tennis continued to be one of his great passions and when he retired from medical practice in 2014, he was invited to help coach North Haven High School’s tennis team. Soon after he became a volunteer coach in Chapel Haven’s Adaptive Tennis Program, led by coach Jerry Weil. Jerry was deeply admired by our adults, as he taught them not just tennis, but pride, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.

Thanks to Jerry Weil and Melissa Lawson for organizing such an awesome day!

The event was held at the Yale Cullman-Heyman tennis center, one of the places where Chapel Haven offers adaptive tennis instruction.

Have a question: Contact Jerry Weil at or Melissa Lawson at mblawson70@gmail.c

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