Max Stotesbury was 18 when he died in a car accident in October 2004. His parents, Tara and Michael, decided to set up “Give it your Max” (GIYM) in his memory.
Max had spent much of his spare time not only playing tennis, but also helping others to learn the game. In the summer of 2004 he became a qualified PTR tennis coach and during the holidays and at weekends he would assist Dan Bloxham with the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI).
Since 2001, the WJTI (funded by the All England Lawn Tennis Club) has provided instruction and facilities for underprivileged children within the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
Since Max had so enjoyed contributing to the success of the WJTI, Tara and Michael decided that there were considerable opportunities, if not a crying need, for similar schemes to be set up, especially in deprived areas around the country in other locations within London and further afield. Hence the idea behind ‘GIYM‘.
Max really did “give it his max” to everything he achieved in his short, yet hectic, life. It is hoped that his commitment and his energy will rub off on all those who will benefit from this lasting tribute to him.
‘Give It Your Max’ Charity No. 1140804