Six months later, Warsaw was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
"Now, he's devoting his life to this," said his friend and
partner, Hal Spielberg of Newport Beach, referring to the
organization Warsaw founded, inspired and spearheaded -- Cure
CPP, based in Newport Beach and established for the purpose of
"accelerating the cure" for Parkinson's, is the primary charity for
the Newport Beach Breakers, the new World Team Tennis franchise that
will play seven home matches in July at Palisades Tennis Club,
including two with Lindsay Davenport.
Warsaw, of Newport Beach, is a Parkinson's research advocate who
works countless hours with fellow volunteers raising funds and
awareness in search of a cure for the disease. In December, he hosted
a historic conference at the Omni Hotel in Chicago, where 50 of the
world's top Parkinson's researchers, scientists, advocates and
funders discussed methods to increase collaboration for Parkinson's,
a neurodegenerative disease that affects over one million Americans,
including Muhammad Ali and Janet Reno. Actor Michael J. Fox also has
Warsaw, whose generosity in the Newport-Mesa community and beyond
has made a difference in many lives, has also founded the National
Parkinson's Foundation and the James H. Warsaw Foundation to Cure
With his sports marketing background -- Warsaw and Spielberg
raised several million dollars for Hebrew University with the Jewish
Sports Hall of Fame -- he heads the ideal charity to join the local
WTT franchise, which needs all the local connections it can get to
Spielberg, who spent 23 years with Gillette working in global
promotions and once signed Pele as the first athlete to make a
commercial in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese), said
he's involved to help his friend, Warsaw, get well. He's a volunteer,
but has a vested interest in seeing the WTT franchise succeed,
because that means more money for Warsaw's charity. And that's the
While Warsaw and Spielberg might be the insiders the Breakers need
to flourish at the box office, the team is already hustling in the
Today, the WTT franchise is helping to sponsor a tennis clinic for
high school players and coaches at Hank Lloyd's Costa Mesa Tennis
Center. The clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon.
Wayne Bryan, father of potential U.S. Davis Cup players Mike and
Bob Bryan, and local pros Phil Dent and Tim Pawsat are the primary
instructors at today's clinic, which Lloyd has hosted for 18 years.
WTT co-founder and director Billie Jean King has vowed to dig her
heels in the local tennis community. The league owns the Breakers.
For details on the clinic: (714) 557-0211.