Athletics-Based Fundraising is a Winning Strategy!

Our Forgirlsake community — those of you who’ve followed, participated, and donated — may be wondering: What’s up with all the FGS athletic events? Why not just send out an appeal letter and be done with it? To paraphrase the famous Cindy Lauper lyric, “Girls (and women) just want to have fun!” and there is serious fun to be had when we pair the athletics women love with a way to support education for at-risk girls in developing nations. The Forgirlsake mission resonates with our audience of well-informed, internationally-aware women, many of whom participate in one or more sports or physical activities on a regular basis. From walking to yoga to tennis, our supporters love to move!

One successful event in our annual lineup is the Forgirlsake Tennis Open (FGSO), held each September at Newton North High School, outside of Boston, MA. This year it will be on September 18th (rain date 9/19). It’s both competition and party, with trophies, prizes, food and beverage sponsors, designer swag, sports massage, photo ops, all wrapped into a five hour event where dozens of local women’s doubles teams connect to enjoy a tournament for a cause. We couldn’t do it without a diverse array of volunteers and boosters — local media and merchants, area tennis pros, girls‘ high school tennis team volunteers, a dedicated FGSO Committee, the City of Newton, along with the Newton North Athletics Department. Importantly, our volunteer-run sports-based fundraising model means that 100% of proceeds go towards the projects Forgirlsake is supporting.

The FGSO is back on! Please register below and see you in September!


FGSO Committee: Deb Cronin, Noura Guermazi, Emilie Kendall, Sami O’Reilly and Stephanie Zelman

Special thanks to Rachel Martin Photography, our official event photographer. Previous photography generously donated by Debbie Helbing and Cheryl Clegg. Much appreciation goes to Lisa Rinkus, for public relations, as well as to our videographer, Emma Freter, and Reflection Films. We’d also like to thank Red Spot Printing for their continued support. 

Forgirlsake Women’s Doubles Tennis Open (FGSO)
2021 Registration Form

Registration Form - Waitlist 2021

  • Please plan to stay around 20 minutes after your match for the Awards Ceremony, to enjoy snacks and meet sponsors, take photos, and to hear about the girls we are supporting in Africa and India! If you have any questions, contact Thank you for joining us!