About EntouRaj for Kids

History

EntouRaj for Kids began in 2010 when Carmel, Indiana–based professional tennis player Rajeev Ram partnered with a local tennis organization to raise money for college scholarships and tennis programs. In 2014, EntouRaj for Kids became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

EntouRaj for Kids brings professional tennis players to the Indianapolis area for exhibition matches so that tennis fans from all over the Midwest can see top-notch tennis up close. Our guests have included tennis professionals Andy Roddick, Bob and Mike Bryan, Alison Riske, Jennifer Brady, James Blake, Tommy Paul, Denis Kudla and Eric Butorac; WNBA legend Tamika Catchings; and more. We use proceeds from our events to fund tennis-team grants, high-performance grants and tennis programs that help young players cover the cost of playing the game at their best level.

EntouRaj for Kids is proud to support outstanding organizations locally and globally, and we’re always looking for programs and promising young tennis players to support. Think we could help you? Visit our Grant Information page.

Board of Directors

Rajeev Ram

Rajeev Ram

Rajeev Ram traveled the world as an accomplished junior tennis player, but his roots were in Carmel, Indiana. He played tennis at Carmel High School, where he won the state singles championship, and the University of Illinois, where he won two NCAA titles before turning pro in 2004. Throughout his career, he has won a total of 15 ATP World Tour titles, two in singles and 13 in doubles. He was a doubles semifinalist at the 2014 U.S. Open and 2016 Wimbledon and won a 2016 Olympic silver medal in Rio mixed doubles with Venus Williams. Before he retired from singles play in July 2017, some of Raj’s best victories came against top 10 players Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and Mardy Fish, as well as former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. (Learn more about his career here.)

Raj has always been passionate about helping others. He established EntouRaj for Kids to give back to the community and help juniors achieve their goals both on the court and in the classroom. When he’s not traveling on the ATP World Tour, he enjoys playing golf, hitting with juniors and talking with national and Indy-area groups and young tennis players – including the University of Illinois tennis team – about his experiences on tour. He hopes to stay involved with the game well after his pro playing days are over.

Zoy Avgerinos Brown – Treasurer

Zoy AvgerinosZoy Avgerinos Brown is currently a Section League Coordinator for the United States Tennis Association/Midwest Section. In her role, she organizes USTA Section League Championships and adult recreational tennis programs around the Midwest. Zoy is a certified PTR teaching professional for 10 & Under tennis, and she volunteers for the Midwest Youth Team Tennis program in Lawrence. Prior to joining the USTA, Zoy worked in the TV news industry for Fox 59 in Indianapolis and CBS News in New York. While working as a CBS page in New York, Zoy got the opportunity to assist John McEnroe in the press box at the U.S. Open. She wanted to volunteer with EntouRaj because of her lifelong love of tennis and her strong belief in the organization’s mission.

Bob Bryant

Bob BryantBob Bryant is chief executive officer and president of 500 Festival, Inc., the organization that produces many of the beloved events that lead up to the Indianapolis 500. Bob is a veteran sports management executive, having served as tournament director of an ATP World Tour event, the BB&T Atlanta Open, and in executive positions with the USTA, professional hockey and the Arena Football League. He managed his own firm, Team Works Marketing, Inc., and produced and promoted a variety of events, including the U.S. Open SmashZone, Cartoon Network Smash Tennis, USA vs. Russia hockey exhibitions, the ACC vs. Big East Basketball Challenge and the IHL All Star Game. He also spent five years at Turner Broadcasting and the Cartoon Network, mostly as vice president of the Off-Channel Commerce department, where he promoted and monetized new animation brands like the Powerpuff Girls and managed NASCAR- and tennis-related programs.

Bob met and befriended Rajeev Ram while he was running the BB&T Atlanta Open, and he got involved with EntouRaj because of his love for tennis. He currently resides in Carmel with his wife and three boys.

Andrew Held

Andrew HeldAndrew Held grew up in a tennis family, and the sport has been a huge part of his life. He graduated from North Central High School in 1994, where he won the state team championships in 1993 and 1994. He also received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1994.

He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University, where he excelled as a student athlete (Varsity Tennis Letterman 1995-1998, Captain 1997-1998). Andrew received IU’s Jake Gimble Award in 1998, which is presented to one senior male student-athlete who has distinguished himself in athletics and scholarship and who has displayed an outstanding mental attitude. He also received the 1997-1998 L.G. Balfour Award for bringing honor and distinction to IU in men’s tennis. In 1997 and 1998, he was awarded the IU Varsity Club Scholastic Achievement Award in recognition of exemplary academic achievement while pursuing athletic endeavors. He also received academic All-Big Ten Conference honors and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Academic All-American honors.

Andrew received his JD from IU’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington in 2002 and his MBA from Butler University in 2007. In 2008, he co-founded what is now Birge & Held Asset Management, LLC, which is focused on developing, managing and investing in apartment projects across the United States. He was named to Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list in 2013.

Andrew strongly believes in working to give back to the tennis and arts communities in Central Indiana. For more than a decade, Andrew has been an active member of the Penrod Society, which raises millions of dollars for the arts. He served as the 2012 Fair Chairman, and in 2013, he served as president of the Penrod Society. He also has raised money for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and he helps administer the Connie Held Memorial Scholarship and the Connie Held Spirit Award, which provide college scholarships to high-school tennis players in Indianapolis.

Joining the EntouRaj board of directors offered a unique opportunity for Andrew to be part of a growing organization that’s looking to help kids enjoy the great game of tennis.

Ron Mencias – President

Ron MenciasRon Mencias is a managing director of wealth management for Merrill Lynch. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 2001. Barron’s ranked him in its annual listing of the Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the U.S. in four consecutive years, 2010 through 2013. He also was named to On Wall Street’s “Top 40 Advisors Under 40” listing in 2013. Ron graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has an MBA from Butler University. Ron had a successful collegiate tennis career and was 1992 IHSAA state singles champion. Additionally, Ron serves on the board of trustees of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and volunteers as coach for the Brebeuf High School tennis team. Ron decided to serve on the EntouRaj board of directors because of his love for tennis, and he deeply believes in the organization’s mission. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children and live in Carmel.

Raghav Ram

Raghav and his wife, Sushma, are the proud parents of Rajeev Ram, founder of EntouRaj for Kids. Raghav retired from Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences in 2015. He held several positions in R&D during his 31-year career in the United States. He holds a Ph.D from schooling in India. After serving in various capacities for four years in India, he moved with his wife to the U.S. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins 1982-1984. Later, he joined a startup biotech company in Palo Alto, California, and subsequently moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1989. The Ram family moved to Carmel, Indiana, in 1996. Raghav joined the EntouRaj board of directors to serve its mission and help give back to the community that his family has called home for over 20 years.

Jennifer Mundel Reinbold

Jennifer Mundel ReinboldJennifer Mundel Reinbold competed on the women’s professional tour for more than eight years and played in all of the Grand Slam events and other major tournaments. She was a quarterfinalist in the Wimbledon ladies’ singles championships in 1983 (losing to eventual winner Martina Navratilova), and a quarterfinalist in the Wimbledon ladies’ doubles championships in 1986. Reinbold, who’s originally from South Africa, finished in the top 8 on the ITF International Junior Circuit, competed in the year-ending championships and was named South African Junior Sportsman of the Year in 1978. She was awarded Springbok Colors several times for representing South Africa as political sanctions allowed.

After moving to Indianapolis, she obtained a degree in Literature and Language from Indiana University and was named the school’s Cavanaugh Scholar. Jennifer remained very active in tennis after tour life, working primarily in junior development, and she has served as CITA Wightman Cup Coach, Midwest Sectional Coach, USTA Area Training Center Administrator and Coach, and as a mentor to several aspiring players. She currently serves on the USTA Midwest Collegiate Varsity Tennis sub-committee. Jennifer was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and USTA Collegiate Varsity National Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for her work promoting college tennis play at every level. She is a passionate supporter of the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program founded by Barbara Wynne. It is in this same spirit of community service and providing opportunity for kids of all backgrounds and ability levels through tennis that she is proud to serve on the EntouRaj board of directors.

Jonathan Scott – Secretary

Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott is digital and social media communications manager at Eli Lilly and Company. Previously, he originated the role of digital media manager at Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Jon is a writer for TENNIS.com and also moonlights at TENNIS magazine, most recently writing feature stories for its annual Heroes issue. He has covered many sports and entertainment events, including the U.S. Open, Western & Southern Open, PowerShares Series, World Tennis Day and more.

Jon served as social media and website committee chair at USTA Midwest from 2012 through 2014. In 2012 and 2013, he led IndyTennis, the city’s nonprofit LGBT tennis organization, serving as president and Indy Classic tournament director. The group donated $7,500 over those two years to charity partner Indiana AIDS Fund, raising funds for HIV prevention and education. He was active with IndyTennis before that as an at-large board member (2010) and as secretary (2011). He was named USTA Midwest Volunteer of the Month in August 2012.

Jon loves volunteering and is an avid USTA league player. As one who took up tennis at age 15 and received a racquet donated to his high-school team, he relishes the opportunity to make a difference in student-athletes’ lives through EntouRaj. Jon and his fiance, Josh, live with their dogs in downtown Indianapolis.