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In October 1993, TABC founder Maureen Rankine gathered a group of 15 friends at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club in New York City to host the first Tennis Marathon; in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The evening raised $250, which was donated to SHARE, a self-help organization for women with breast and ovarian cancer.

Twelve years later, TABC is still going strong.

TABC is the only tennis organization specially formed to expand awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to find a a cure!

TABC is a 501 (C) (3) organization formed in 1996 that puts breast cancer awareness at Centre Court, educating people about the disease and raising funds.

Through tennis and sporting events TABC provides a means of raising funds which have benefited several organizations

Tennis can have a huge impact on the quality of life of breast cancer survivors, family members and friends. Tennis can help survivors regain their strength through conditioning, and bring together all those affected by the disease and put their minds at ease for a while.

Tennis is a game that brings out the best in all of us and TABC provides a way to give back through the sport that has given us so much.

Some TABC events include:

  • Annual Celebrity Tennis, Golf & Fashion Show, Bausch & Lomb Championships, Amelia Island Plantation, Florida

  • Annual Pro-Celebrity Tennis Challenge, Pilot Penn Tennis, New Haven, Connecticut

  • Annual "Up on the Roof" Pro-Celebrity Tennis Exhibition and Party, US Open, Sports Club/LA, New York City

  • Annual TABC Challenge, Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, New York City

  •  "Ace for a Cure" Pro-Celebrity Tennis Exhibition & Brunch, Chase

  • Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 2000-2001

    Since 1996 TABC has raised funds in support of breast cancer education, early detection, and research. Proceeds from TABC events have been donated to several different organizations equally committed to finding a cure, including:

  • Strang-Cornell Breast Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital: TABC Breast Cancer Research Fund

  • SHARE (Self-Help Organization for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer)

  • University of Florida Cancer Center at Shands Hospital

  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation

  • Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund

  • American Cancer Society

Tennis Against Breast Cancer is Maureen's way of making a difference through the sport that has given her so much.

Why not make it your way, too? Join our team! Together we can make a difference!

Founder Maureen Rankine rankine@tennisabc.org
Past Honorary Board members and Committee members:
 Jack Winter
 David Dinkins
 Elizabeth Vargas
 M.J. Fernandez
 Patrick McEnroe
 Gloria Steinem
 Billie Jean King
 Victoria Rowell
 Debi Jackson
 Mehdy Karbid
 Domenica Sinisi
Tom Buchbinder
Kerry-Anne Rankine
Patricia Chin
Phil Rankine
John Friedberg
Rexy Legaspi
Lara Schneider
Tona Chavez
Jeffery Stern
Barbara Best
Peter Mandeau
Steven Immergut
Corinne Hilbert
Diane Buchman

A professional tennis instructor for more than fifteen years, Mo has seen firsthand how playing tennis can impact the quality of life of breast cancer survivors. Playing tennis helps them regain their strength through conditioning. It also helps their families and friends to put their minds at ease for a while and have a good time. Tennis is simply a great way for all those affected to get back "in the swing of things" and return to leading a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

Having seen this positive impact, Mo decided to create Tennis Against Breast Cancer (TABC), which puts breast cancer awareness on center court, educating people about the disease and raising funds to help find a cure.

For over a decade TABC has held events to achieve these goals. In addition to the Annual TABC Challenge, TABC has held Pro-Ams and fundraisers throughout the country. Joining breast cancer survivors and advocates at the events are top professional players, as well as TV and motion picture celebrities, other professional athletes and political figures.

Tennis Against Breast Cancer is Mo's way of making a difference through the sport that has given her so much. Why not make it your way too. Join our team. Together we can make a difference.