Inside the Gilman School's Lumen Center, adults chatted while young children chased each other around the tables. It sounded like a family reunion. Whoops of recognition occasionally bounced off the walls as folks greeted one another. It felt like a family reunion.
In many ways "The 25-Year Reunion of The Steve Krulevitz Tennis Program" was a family reunion. It had been put together by director Steve Krulevitz's 21-year-old daughter, Stephanie Krulevitz - with her mom, Ann Krulevitz acting as able assistant - to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Dr. Michael Feinglass Cancer Foundation.
And there were, in fact, generations of families who had been Krulevitz's students over the years.
"All three of my boys - Jon, Blake and Reed - took lessons from Steve," noted David Cordish, Cordish Co. chairman. "And now [my grandson] Ben is going to go to Steve's camp," he continued as the 5-year-old sprinted up to him.
"I wouldn't have had a professional tennis career if not for Steve," said Reed Cordish. The Cordish Co. vice president played on the pro tour from 1996 to 1999.
Just as with other reunions, many "family" members had flown into Baltimore for the occasion.
"Ricky Feit was my first student," said program chief Steve Krulevitz. "He flew in from Los Angeles. And [another former student] Kenny Bice came from San Antonio."
Harold Solomon, who was the fifth-ranked tennis player in 1980, had flown in from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"Steve and I have been friends since we were about 8 or 9 years old. We played on the [pro tennis] tour together," Solomon explained.
"It's not easy to be in business doing this for 25 years. Steve's touched a lot of lives."
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