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Avery Wooley in the Cook Children's NICU

Avery Wooley was born 14 weeks early, weighing just 1 lb., 5 oz.

She spent 234 days in the NICU at Cook Children's fighting to survive. 

She finally came home on oxygen and with a feeding tube and has fought every day of her life to be the thriving, energetic nine-year old she is today. 

Tennis has been the family sport on both sides of her family, even going back to her grandparents on both sides, since her parents were her age. Her father, Shawn Wooley, a local tennis professional in Fort Worth and her mom, Kelly, is an avid tennis player and overall lover of the game. 

Nine years later, Avery has discovered  her own love for the game. 


This tournament was created to show our love and appreciation for the staff at Cook Children's for saving Avery's life, on multiple occasions, and for helping her become the thriving, energetic nine-year-old she is today. 

Avery Wooley, NICU graduate. Charity NICU tennis tournament in Fort Worth

About the Event 

Now in it's 8th year, the Summer Scorcher Charity Tennis Tournament has become a tradition for many players in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. More than just a tennis tournament, it's a fun social event all created to raise as much money as possible for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children's. 

The weekend includes a silent auction, raffle items, onsite vendors, free kid's clinics  and new activities added each year. 

The entry fee is $60 per player which includes complimentary food and drinks all weekend and a goodie bag.

Other opportunities to participate: 

Become a Sponsor 

Make an Online Donation 

Donate a  Silent Auction Item 

Become an On-site Vendor 


The inspiration behind the Summer Scorcher: Avery's NICU Journey

A special shoutout to McLeland Tennis Center, this year's tournament host! 

McLeland is one of Fort Worth's oldest tennis facilities, built in the 1960's, and underwent a large renovation, including resurfacing all the courts, updating the pro shop and more in 2017. They have 14 outdoor courts and 2 indoor courts with programs, drills and private lessons for all ages and levels.

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our 2022 participants, sponsors and donors! 

Thanks to you, we were able to break a new fundraising record for the Summer Scorcher of more a total of $100,000 raised for the NICU at Cook Children's since the tournament was founded. 

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