Jimmy Magee, a 12-year-old Cockeysville resident and rising… (Nicole Martyn, Patuxent…)
Jimmy Magee, a Cockeysville resident and tennis player for Boys' Latin Middle School, hopes to someday play for the Lakers' varsity tennis team.
But what he's doing on the courts thisFather's Day, June 17, could make any contribution he eventually makes for the Lakers pale in comparison.
Magee, an ambassador for the charitable organization, Kids Play For Good, is spearheading a doubles tennis tournament to fightParkinson's Disease, and support his uncle, Bryant Waters, who has the disease.
The tournament will be held Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Boys' Latin tennis courts, on campus at 822 West Lake Ave., and will cost $15 per individual and $30 for a team. Any adult is welcome to participate with any junior player.
"I thought it would be a good thing to help raise awareness forParkinson's," said Magee.
Magee's prime motivation is honoring his uncle, of whom he says, "The best day of my life was meeting Uncle Bryant."
He's following in his uncle's athletic footsteps. Waters was the starting goalie on Boys' Latin's 1974 Maryland Scholastic Association championship team, was an all-star in football and lacrosse and was elected to the school's Hall of Fame in 2010.
He once made 20 saves in a 4-3 loss to a powerhouse Towson High team and was between the pipes in an 8-5 loss to McDonogh — a memorable game that had him facing his brother, Jeff, who had transferred from BL to the Owings Mills school.
Bryant Waters attended the University of Maryland and was a member of the Terps' national championship team in 1975.
In his final season in College Park, he led the team in saves (206) and ground balls (64).
Parkinson's diseaseis a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with movement and coordination.
When Magee told his uncle what he was doing onFather's Dayto support him in his struggle, he was overwhelmed.
"He's very excited and said he's very proud of me," Magee said. "He's not one to get teary-eyed a lot."
Waters currently lives in San Diego and is will be moving to Colorado, so but won't be able to attend Sunday's event.
"I don't think he is able to travel, but we are getting a big poster of him and all the kids can sign it," Magee said.
Magee, who played No. 2 singles for Boys Latin's middle school team, said he prefers tennis, but sometimes plays lacrosse, football and squash.
"My dad and I are avid tennis fans," he said. "It is something I love to do."
Magee will play Sunday with his dad, Jim — a fitting partnership for Father's Day. But he said the excitement will be raising money to fight his uncle's disease. On the Kids Play for Good website, he wrote, "Growing up, I think I will be a research scientist to find a cure for Parkinson's and cancer."
Although the website states the deadline to sign is Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m., Magee said walk-up signees will be welcome for the round-robin event. Final check-in is 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available on site.
To register for the event or make a donation, go to kidsplayforgood.org/