More Than Just Tennis for One Northern Michigan Kid

Simon Caldwell is a 12 year old in 6th grade at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School in Traverse City.  He not only loves tennis but has been playing the sport his entire life. He also competes in the United States Tennis Association and is currently 19th in the country for his age group.

It’s something that’s been a family tradition with both of his parents playing in college and eventually becoming instructors. A love that Simon’s mom, Josie has passed onto her son.

“When I got pregnant with Simon I taught up until the day I delivered Simon. It’s kind of something we’ve done together as a family,” says Josie Caldwell.

Now Simon is using his love of the sport to help families in need across northern Michigan. He has a special place in his heart for the Father Fred Foundation in Traverse City and wants to help people who turn to the organization.

“So, I really love tennis, and I really want to support other people and help those in need. So, I’m going to be doing 3,000 hits against different businesses’ walls and they’re going to contribute to the Father Fred,” says Simon Caldwell.

That’s why Simon created the ‘Off The Wall’ fundraiser with the hopes to incorporating tennis and donations for Father Fred.  He has been contacting area business and asks them hit tennis balls with him and if they’re interested in a donation.

Simon’s goal is 3,000 hits and $3,000 by November 15th.  That’s when the grand finale will take place at Grand Traverse Resort in Grand Traverse County.

For more on the ‘Off The Wall’ fundraiser click on the video link above.

If you’re interested in making a donation click here. 

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