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Terrin tribute added to Nashua’s John Cody City Tennis Tournament events

NASHUA – The John Cody Nashua City Tennis Tournament, launched by Nashua resident Scott McDougald as a fundraiser in memory of Cody, his longtime friend who died in 1999, has added yet another component to its already busy schedule for the upcoming opening weekend.

The tourney, to be held over two weekends, Sept. 5-7 and 12-14 at the Sargents Avenue courts, will pay tribute on Friday, its opening day, to the late Patrick Terrin, a one-time tournament contestant who was killed in a train accident in San Diego in early August. ...

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NASHUA – The John Cody Nashua City Tennis Tournament, launched by Nashua resident Scott McDougald as a fundraiser in memory of Cody, his longtime friend who died in 1999, has added yet another component to its already busy schedule for the upcoming opening weekend.

The tourney, to be held over two weekends, Sept. 5-7 and 12-14 at the Sargents Avenue courts, will pay tribute on Friday, its opening day, to the late Patrick Terrin, a one-time tournament contestant who was killed in a train accident in San Diego in early August.

“It’s a memorial potluck type event,” McDougald said this week. He has also added the fund established in Terrin’s name to the list of benefactors of proceeds from the 15th annual tourney.

Terrin, a Nashua High South graduate and a three-year wrestler, was killed Aug. 7 when he was struck by a train in the Carlsbad section of San Diego. A fundraiser and tribute ceremony in his memory was held Aug. 23 at CrossFit Earned gym in Merrimack, of which he was an active member.

Friday’s tribute will come during a break in the mixed doubles phase of the tennis tournament. It is slated to begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge, and anyone who comes is asked to bring a potluck dish, “or a bucket of chicken or a pizza or anything like that,” McDougald said.

Several restaurants and businesses are donating food and other items for the event.

A silent auction is also planned, he said. Attendees can also purchase “luminaries” – small bags with candles inside – for $5 each, all of which will go to Terrin’s fund. They will be placed around the tennis courts during the ceremony, after which balloons will be
released, McDougald said.

Dawn Mayo, Patrick Terrin’s mother who also played in the tennis tournament over the years, is expected to attend the tribute, McDougald said.

McDougald has been growing the tennis tournament over the years since its 2000 debut at the Nashua Swim & Tennis center.

He moved it to Sargents Avenue courts several years later, when it became the Nashua City Tennis Tournament, which replaced the original city tennis tourney.

In addition to the fund for Terrin, proceeds from this year’s tourney will benefit New Hampshire City Kids Tennis, the Nashua Soup Kitchen and the Child Advocacy Center.

For more information on the tourney, go to www.johncodytournament.org.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or
dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow
Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).