Allison Dahlgren at net
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A little less than one year ago, Allison Dahlgren, a member of the Southern California 2.5 women’s tennis team, had her life turned upside down as her family lost their home in the Southern California wildfires. Besides her family, two things she had to help cope with the loss were tennis and her teammates.
“Tennis was the first thing I turned to,” noted Dahlgren. “After it happened, the first thing I did was get new equipment, clothing and a racquet. Tennis helped with the mental and physical aspects of my life. I had to resume life and get back to normal.”
She is grateful for her teammates, as they helped pitch in and got her going again.
“They all helped get credit from the pro shop at the country club to help take care of clothing and equipment,” she explained.
As for the home life, her new house should be ready in April. She and her family plan to stay in San Diego. The kids love it there and her husband works locally at Hewlett Packard.
“We have a great builder and great insurance. You never know how important insurance is until you go through a situation like this,” admits Dahlgren.
One of her biggest supporters through the whole ordeal has been her son, Michael. The 11-year-old has taken up the game and has been attending youth clinics at the country club. He is a big help in furthering her game, as he is one of her practice partners.
“I spoke with him last night and the one thing he told me was ‘Eye on the ball, follow through’. That is something he always says to me.”
In less than three weeks, the community will memorialize the one-year anniversary of the Oct 22, 2007 wildfires, by raising flags in honor of each home lost in the fire. She hopes to celebrate this weekend by raising a different flag – that of 2.5 National Champions.
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