Women play tennis to honor their mothers

PARKERSBURG – The tennis courts at City Park were filled with laughter and enjoyment Saturday as women of all ages gathered to honor the mothers in their lives.

“It’s a fun way for all of us to get together to celebrate the women in our lives,” said organizer Debbie Goodwin.

The event was delayed a couple of hours as rain made it impossible to play tennis on Saturday morning.

“It took awhile for us to get the courts dry, but we got it done and had a great day,” Goodwin said.

This was the third year for the event, which was started after Goodwin’s mother passed away.

“After my mom died I wanted to do something to honor her and this event began,” she said.

“Unfortunately, my mom and I didn’t play tennis – she bowled and I play tennis.”

Many of the 19 teams of two, which included all ages, were mothers and daughters while other teams were made up of good friends.

Corine Powell of Ashton, W.Va., has been friends with Goodwin for many years and the two play tennis together regularly.

“She’s my Parkersburg mom,” said Powell. “I stay with her every Tuesday night when we play and she takes care of me.”

Goodwin said if she had a daughter of her own they would be partners, but she doesn’t.

“I only have a son, so I have my surrogate daughter play with me,” Goodwin said.

The tournament was not designed to raise money for charity or the next year’s event, but just to have fun, Goodwin said.

“The little money we ask for is going towards food and the shirts,” she added. “Really, we just want to have a good time and play tennis with women we love.”