It’s a Racquet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation – Your Contributions are Tax Deductible

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Free Hot Soup Kansas City

Please join us and participate in supporting Free Hot Soup Kansas City. They provide food and donations for the homeless. Following is a link to its Facebook page where its mission is explained more fully and you are provided with instructions on how to take part, such as by providing food, donations and personally participating in that process. Just click on the image:

September 1, 2020 Event for

National Alliance on Mental Health

It’s A Racquet founders Susan and Mark Murphy are celebrating their September birthdays to gain support to NAMI Johnson County and NAMI Kansas.   To accomplish this we are joining forces with the tennis community at Overland Park-Genesis Health Club and Elite Tennis and Wellness Club.  We are looking for donations to NAMI Johnson County and to add participants/donors for the NAMI Kansas Walk to be held in Topeka on Saturday October 10, 2020 at the West Ridge Mall.

By making a donation of at least $15 to NAMI you will be given a mental wellness gift bag and will be entered to win a tennis lesson by one of the highly renowned professionals at Genesis and Elite. Lessons are being given at Genesis by Thiago Santos and Michelle Hall and at Elite by John Shaw and Mike Wolf. You must be a member of the club where you are registering to win a lesson.

Genesis Health Clubs – Overland Park, Kansas
Elite Tennis and Wellness

Winners of the free lessons are Genesis: Laurie Riley, and Brad Bicknell! Elite: Andrew Wimmer, Shannon Lyon, Sara McGuire and Karen Snyder! Congrats to them, and a huge thanks for all that donated.

You can still make a donation:

  • Click on one of the links below to donate to NAMI Johnson County or register for the NAMI Walk -Team It’s a Racquet.

NAMI Johnson County

NAMI Walk-Team It’s A Racquet

  • Venmo your donation to @NAMI-JohnsonCountyKS

Email to if you or your company would like to work with us to host a virtual or other small event in celebration of a birthday or holiday to benefit NAMI.

January 18, 2020 Annual Event

The 2020 event was a fundraiser for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The event was held this year at Overland Park Racquet Club, 6800 W 91st St, Overland Park, KS 66212 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 6-10 pm

We had over 200 persons register and 174 attended.

We raised nearly $12,000 which went to our two named charities this year – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Kansas) and Johnson County Mental Health.


Tennis players play three timed sets of doubles in a round robin format led by Jason Kane with no-ad scoring. After each set, your team moves up or down.

Pickleball & Ping-Pong

What to do between sets? Play ping-pong or pickleball, chat with your friends, make new friends, bid in the auction, or eat some yummy food.


Kansas City Catering, Inc, graciously provided food for It’s a Racquet again this year. There will also be a cash bar.

Pro Exhibition

Our favorite pros played an exciting exhibition match!

Have Fun!

Everyone’s a winner! We played tennis, ping-pong, and pickleball while raising money for a great cause. All the money we raised went to JCMH and NAMI – Kansas.


Sign up with a partner or we can match you with someone.
You must be 18 or over.
This is for fun – thank you for being a good sport.
No refunds. It’s a charity fundraiser!

Susan & Mark Murphy

Why we began It’s a Racquet

Susan had been playing tennis for a few year and Mark was a sponsored racquetball player. They would join their groups of friends with a holiday party in December each year that Susan named Its a Racquet.  After some long recoveries from illnesses in their family at different times, they decided to replant this event in the least active month of the year, and give back to the community which at the time was in shock after a widespread occurrence of teen suicides especially in the Olathe School District. Without much direction and trying to create more fun for their growing and wonderful tennis community,  they originally chose the active JCMH organization and have progressed into the addition of NAMI-Kansas, and made this a more public event with 3 different Racquet activities, food and auction to raise awareness of mental health needs and suicide prevention. 

Your online registrations support the ongoing commitment for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas.

We couldn’t host It’s a Racquet without these wonderful sponsors:

Kansas City Catering logo

Kansas City Catering, Inc.

Chris Freeman
Fantastic Food and Return Donor

Overland Park Racquet Club

Jason Kane, General Manager Overland Park
Fantastic Space and Organizing Players

20/20 Creative Inc.

Jeff Potts
Ingenious Logo


Lisa Savoie
Website Design & Development, Web Server

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy Flute Performer and Instructor

Susan Murphy
Co-Founder, Organizer, Space Rental

Murphy Law Firm logo

The Murphy Law Firm

Mark Murphy, Attorney
Co-Founder, Organizer, Space Rental

Thank you to our donors for supporting It’s a Racquet!


Gunderson Family

Scott Machovsky
Perfection Paperhanging

Phyllis Norman

Anchinlema Zewde

Ryann Redmond

Johnny Cascone

Thank you for supporting these persons and businesses who donated auction items for our event.

Ashley Collichio
Salon Z-Amika Products

Hoopla Nails
Gift Certificate

Bach Aria Soloists
2 Tickets to April / Marsalis Concert

Will Shields
3 months Membership
68 Inside Sports

Allen Meyer
Yonex Racquet 

Red Door Grill
Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate

Ron Herman
AMC Tickets

Big Dave’s Liquor
Gift Certificate

Kelli Alldredge
1 month Unlimited Personal Training Classes

Panera logo

Weekly Bread for a Year

Dan Johnson
90 minute Astronomy Program

Monarch Chair Massage
Jessica Lugo
2 one hour Massages 

Frank King
One Hour Ladies Group Self Defense Class

Coach’s Bar and Grill
Fan Basket

Marco Rodriguez
Drill Class and Lesson-OPRC

2 sets of 4 tickets (Parterre)
April 4, 2020
April 18, 2020

Chicken and Pickle
Pickleball and Appetizers

GreatLifeKCStay and Play
Osage National Package

Family Tree Nursery
Gift Certificate

Proforma IDology Marketing Group
Loras Heck
Golf Bag/Ladies Bags/Cooler

Jason Kane
Drill Class and Lesson-OPRC

Manos Wine
Chiefs and Royals Etched Wine Bottles

Clock Tower Bakery
Gift Certificate

The Coterie Theatre
4 Tickets

John Craig
Kerry George
Adidas Hoodies

Sharon Blickensderfer
The Sports Legends of Kansas City Limited Edition Lithograph & a
Framed Picture of Tom Watson Pebble Beach 1982

Gift Certificate

Hempworx logo

Loras Heck
CBD Natural Health Products

Simms Family
3 Family Packs, Lifetime Memberships

Becky Zehr
60 minute Massage

Scoby Masters
Kombucha Tea-Biotics
Gift Bag and Certificate

Holiday Inn & Suites – Overland Park West
One Night Stay with Breakfast

Here are pictures of the amazing items, generously donated, which were in our silent auction!

Everyone had a great time while raising money for great causes! All donations went to JCMH and NAMI – Kansas.