THE WEATHER LOOKS PRETTY GOOD SO IT SHOULD BE A GOOD WEEKEND. TERESA: MOVING ON, TENNIS FANS, THERE IS A WAY TO GET YOUR GAME ON AND HELP OUT AN IMPORTANT CAUSE. THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHARITABLE GIVING, TENNIS TOURNAMENT HAPPENING SEPTEMBER 7 AND EIGHTH. HERE WITH THE DETAILS NOW, THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR JOHN ALONG WITH THE STATE REP, NICOLE. WELCOME. THANK YOU. HIGH COULD RETURN A SERVE. IF YOU PUT THE AUTHOR, YOU CAN COME DOWN AND PLAY, YOU CAN GET THIS RACKET. TAKE US THROUGH WHAT SHOULD FOLKS KNOW. THIS IS YEAR 4, YEARS 1 THROUGH 3, WE PLAYED AT YALE. THIS YEAR, WE WILL BE WORKING AT CONNOR TIES SCHOOL — CONNOR HIGH SCHOOL. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A SUPERSTAR OUT THERE. I TRIED TO GET HIM SIGNED UP, AND HE IS THINKING ABOUT IT. TERESA: I UNDERSTAND THERE IS A REMATCH GOING ON WITH YOU, NICOLE. IT IS NOT A REMATCH, BUT IT WILL BE MYSELF AND SENATOR LOZANO AGAINST THE GOVERNOR AND ASKED SENATOR BETH. TERESA: ARE YOU PREPARED IN RUA TENNIS PLAYER? YES. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE GOVERNOR AND HIS TENNIS SKILLS? WE DON’T KNOW ANYTHING. I COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING ABOUT HIS TENNIS HISTORY. SO WE ARE READY TO GO. TERESA: HE IS LOOKING OK. IS ALSO PLAYING WITH THE BIG RACKET? HE WAS TRYING TO EXERT HIS EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO USE THIS RACKET, BUT WE MADE A RULING. YOU MENTIONED THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT DIVISION SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ALL-STAR. EXACTLY. HOW DO YOU FIND MORE INFORMATION? EVENTBRITE.COM AND SEARCH UNDER TWO REGISTER. SOME DIVISIONS ARE CLOSED, BUT WE DO HAVE SOME THAT ARE OPEN. SINGLES, DOUBLES, MIXED DOUBLES, AND PICKLE BALL. TERESA: FUN. I ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY THAT. I AM PLAYING PICKLE BALL ON SUNDAY. TERESA: IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE HELPING OUT WITH THE CAUSE, BUT WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? STATE EMPLOYEES CAMPAIGN AND THEY RAISED OVER $700,000 LAST YEAR FOR 700 VETTED CHARITIES. THIS YEAR, THE GOAL IS $1 MILLION, AND THIS TOURNAMENT IS ONE SMALL PART OF IT. 100% NET PROCEEDS GO INTO THAT POOL. FOUR YEARS RUNNING? IT IS. IS IT GETTING BETTER AND BETTER? THEY ARE. PICKLE BALL IS A NICE TRADITION, AND WE WILL HAVE 250 PLAYERS IN 15 DIFFERENT DIVISIONS. TERESA: WHO ARE WE WATCHING? WHERE THE MAIN GIRL OR GUY? I THINK THE GOVERNOR’S MATCH WILL BE A BIG ONE AT HIGH NOON ON SATURDAY. WE ARE HOPING THAT PEOPLE COME OUT TO WATCH AND THEY CAN PLAY IN THE MORNING, WATCH THIS MATCH AT NOON, IT IS A GREAT TIME. TERESA: AND IT IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION THIS YEAR BECAUSE I KNOW MOST OF YOU ARE BASED IN THAT AREA. EXACTLY. AS MUCH AS WE LOVE THE CT OPEN IN NEW HAVEN, WE HAD FOLKS THAT SAID LET’S MOVE IT TOWARDS HARTFORD, SO WE WILL TRY IT OUT THIS YEAR AND SEE. YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY HELPING TO RUN OUR STATE, HOW DO YOU HAVE TIME TO PLAY TENNIS? IN THE SUMMER ONCE WE ARE OUT OF SESSION, I GET TO GET ON THE COURTS MORE OFTEN. TERESA: YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT WANT TO COME OUT TO THE TOURNAMENT THAT THEY HAVE NOT PICKED UP THE RACKET? IT MIGHT BE FUN TO JUST WATCH BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE FUN TO CHECK EVERYTHING OUT. ABSOLUTELY, IF YOU HAVE A BAD KNEE, WE HAVE A BAD KNEE DIVISION. WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. TERESA: GIVE US THE WEBSITE. EMPLOYEEGIVING.CT.GOV AND THEY WILL GET RIGHT TO THE EVENTBRITE. TERESA: I WILL PUT THAT INFORMATION BACK ON THE SCREEN SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

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