Capitals open season with Charity Challenge tonight

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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The Sacramento Capitals are hosting the inaugural Capitals Charity Challenge as a kickoff to the regular season. This World Team Tennis structured event will take place tonight at Allstate Stadium at Westfield Galleria in Roseville. Headlining the event will be Caps fan favorite, former three-time WTT Most Valuable Male Player Brian MacPhie, and former World TeamTennis star and current Newport Beach Breakers Coach Trevor Kroneman. Lonnie Nielson, Caps owner, and Ramey Osborne, former owner of the Caps, will share coaching duties. “This is a great way to kick off our season,” Nielson said. “We are going to have a blast while raising money for childhood cancer.” The Sacramento Capitals are the most successful World TeamTennis franchise on and off the court with six team championships. They have also contributed over one million dollars to local charities and organizations. The Caps have featured players Andre Agassi and Lindsay Davenport, and this year, will spotlight Michael Chang as the marquee player. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the first match at 7:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales and raffle will benefit The Keaton Raphael Memorial and The Brayden Durant Children’s Foundation. The Keaton Raphael Memorial ( seeks to provide a helping hand to families and children battling cancer. The roots of the foundation begin with Keaton Raphael. In 1997, five-year-old Keaton was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Robyn Raphael, Keaton’s mother and founder of the memorial, has remained committed to helping childhood cancer patients and families. The driving force behind The Brayden Durant Children’s Foundation ( is to provide for the betterment of the lives of children affected by serious disease, illness, or injury. Steve and Laurie Durant started the foundation after the passing of their 5-year-old son, Brayden, in 2004 to Leukemia. Steve and Laurie continue to carry forth “Hope & Dreams” for the future for these children in memory of their son.