Our Mission Statement
To bring the tennis community in Utah together in a fun and family friendly environment in order to raise money for juvenile diabetes research in memory of Ardene R. Bullard who was passionate about tennis and finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.
The Of Love Tournament was originally organized by Lonnie Bullard as a memorial to his late wife, Ardene, who was an avid tennis player. We have since spread the focus of the tournament to supporting the search for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
The tournament is non-profit, so all donations and ticket revenue go to supporting this cause and to the cost of running the tournament. Thanks to the large number of attendees and also to the great sponsors shown below, the tournament continues to grow each year. After seven years it is currently one of the largest tennis tournaments of its kind in the State of Utah. However, we are always striving to do more! Support our cause today by donating to the tournament. To donate, visit out Contact Page.
Ardene R. Bullard
Mykah Lynne Bullard
Mykah Lynne Bullard is the oldest granddaughter of Lonnie and Ardene Bullard. Her dreams include becoming a princess, baker, artist, tennis player and mom. Her days are filled with playing dress-up, teasing her little brother, and riding bikes. In many ways her life is very much like any other little girl. However, Mykah has a dream that most little girls don’t have; finding a cure for Type I Diabetes.Seven years ago Mykah was diagnosed with diabetes. Since her diagnosis at 18 months, her days have included 4-5 insulin shots, 6-8 finger sticks, and constant dietary monitoring. To date, she has endured approximately 8,000 insulin shots and over 14,000 finger sticks; and as we have yet to find a cure for Type I Diabetes, she has much more of the same to come. Her story is not unique, but is shared by thousands of children with Type I Diabetes across the country and all over the world. Mykah may never be a princess or play tennis on the women’s professional tour, but in part because of your generous donation, she is that much closer to one of her dreams becoming a reality.