45th Annual
Sickle Cell Tennis Classic

August 6 & 7 and 8-10, 2022

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Alpha Kappa Alpha - Zeta Omega Chapter

On January 16,  1908, a group of nine young women at Howard University initiated the movement of founding a Greek Letter sorority among Negro women in America. From this small nucleus, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc has expanded to more than 170,000 college women  affiliated with undergraduate and alumnae chapters located in leading colleges, universities and cities throughout the United States and abroad. As the Founding members crafted the purpose of the organization, they included, ".. .to be of service to all mankind."

 Zeta Omega Chapter became the  sixth  alumnae chapter of the Sorority when it was chartered on April 28,  1922  in Wilmington, DE. The members of Zeta Omega have proudly upheld the purpose  and  traditions  of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in providing service to all mankind. The impact  of Zeta Omega's contributions and positive impact in Wilmington and New Castle County, DE has been realized through activities such as:

  • Providing scholarships to high school seniors

  • Establishing mentor and tutorial programs in the school districts of New Castle County, DE

  • Supporting the homeless through the YWCA Home Life Management Program

  • Donating to the Sunday Breakfast Mission and Emmanuel Dining Hall

  • Coordinating Minority Cancer Awareness Week Program/Colorectal Cancer Screening Project

  • Providing activities that support the senior population of New Castle County, DE

  • Donating food baskets to families at Thanksgiving  and Christmas

  • Participation in Habitat for Humanity

  • Hosting, Support and Fundraising for the Annual Sickle Cell Tennis Classic

 The Pearls of Hope Foundation, Inc., a 501(C3) organization, was established as the charitable  arm  of  Zeta Omega.  The mission  of the Foundation  is to promote  the advancement in education among  diverse communities, to provide scholarships and to promote cultural, health and educational activities that support and impact the family.

 The members of Zeta Omega  Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the Pearls of Hope Foundation, Inc. are pleased to continue the excellent tradition of the Sickle Cell Tennis Classic. Our  heartfelt thanks go out to all of the  participants,  sponsors  and supporters who have played an integral part in the success of the tournament through the years.