Arthur Goldblatt: Founder of Grassroots Tennis
Art Goldblatt-- loving husband and father, devoted and active citizen of Norwalk, and the Founder of Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis & Education.
Art is the heart and soul of Grassroots - he taught us all to see the humanity in everyone, to give to others with open hearts, and when all else fails, to head to the tennis courts where you will find spirited competition and lifelong friends. We hope to honor his legacy today and everyday hereafter.
Jon DeLuca Memorial Fund
Jon was an avid tennis player and longtime supporter of Grassroots. He passed away on July 14, 2018 and his father, Al DeLuca, started the Jon DeLuca Memorial Fund to help continue Jon's support of Grassroots.
Judy Stone was a 60 year resident of Fairfield County, raising her 3 boys in Stamford and New Canaan, and ultimately spending many years in Fairfield. She was the daughter of parents who had been raised as orphans, and in fact spent her early years in an apartment in an orphanage in Brooklyn, which her father ran. In addition to a love of sports…especially ice skating and tennis…she was an avid reader and a passionate believer in the power of education to lift minds, spirits, and circumstances. She believed strongly in the mission of Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots and was thrilled that her grandchildren made a contribution in her name.
Lorraine Barg was a lifelong tennis player whose love and passion for the game was evident in every interaction. She was compassionate and always saw the good in others, on and off the court. Lorraine was a huge supporter of Grassroots and really enjoyed doing what she could to support the youth in the program.
Ernest A. Belcher
Al was one of the early Grassroots board members and has been a longtime supporter of our children and youth ever since.
Born and raised in New Canaan, Al attended Florida Southern University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation he joined the United States Army as a Lieutenant in the Signal Corps, serving in France and Germany. He later received the rank of Captain while serving in the Army Reserve Corps, and in recent years was an active member of the Military Officers of America organization and the American Legion. Al married Betty Jane Price of Norwalk where they raised their children and lived together for 57 years. Al was an avid tennis player and a member of Shore and Country Club for 41 years.
Jeffrey Miller, longtime Norwalk resident and supporter of Grassroots passed away at 77 surrounded by his loved ones. We are honored to have continued support from his community even in his passing. His generosity of spirit is so evident by those who carry on his legacy. In particular, The Wilson Point Association who held an event in his honor raising money for Grassroots. We are proud to have had Jeffrey as part of our community. Jeffrey was described as a spirited and competitive athlete on the court. Thank you Jeffrey and the entire Miller Family.
Jon DeLuca Memorial Fund