About the Summer Scorcher 

The Summer Scorcher Adult Charity Tennis Tournament, benefitting Cook Children's NICU, was inspired by the daughter of tennis professional, Shawn Wooley, and his tennis playing wife, Kelly's, miracle baby, Avery. Avery was born 14 weeks early on March 14, 2014, weighing 1 1b. 5 oz., and endured a 234 NICU stay where her survival was uncertain at several points during her stay. If it weren’t for the incredible staff and life-saving technology at Cook Children’s, Avery would not be the thriving, spunky tennis loving eight-year-old she is today.    

 

Learn more about Avery's story

Searching for a way to show their immense gratitude to Cook Children's NICU, a charity tennis tournament was the obvious way for the Wooley's to help raise money and awareness for the magical place that has made it possible for Avery not just to survive but thrive. And the love for tennis doesn't stop at Shawn and Kelly, it's a love shared by both Kelly and Shawn's families, friends and most recently, their 8-year-old miracle child, Avery. 

And while Avery is the inspiration behind the Summer Scorcher, the Wooley family knows that her story is one of many miracles that occurs in Cook Children's NICU on a daily basis. 

For seven years now, the greater Fort Worth tennis community has come together to raise funds for life-saving equipment, resources and support for NICU families but also as a tribute to all Cook Children's NICU babies. To date, almost $100,000 has been raised, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Cook Children’s NICU, and this year's tournament is positioned to be the best one yet. 

This year's event will include: 

  • Friday night reception 

  • Food 

  • Drinks 

  • Dedicated kid zone with tennis clinics, arts and crafts and more 

  • VIP indoor area to watch the U.S. Open 

  • On-site Trainer 

  • Mister Fans 

  • Cooling Tent 

  • Goodie bags for all participants