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Midwest / Northern Indiana

Community Spotlight: University of St. Francis Partnership

November 18, 2020

On October 11, tennis players across Northern Indiana teamed up at Swinney Park in Fort Wayne, Ind. with former and current players from the nearby University of St. Francis team for a day of fundraising and fun competition. 


During the morning, kids of all ages were given the opportunity to play with team members and test their skills. The afternoon saw adult players going head to head against the University of St. Francis team members in competitive doubles. 

Though it was the first year of the fundraiser, the day was a smash hit among community members. There were 36 total adult participants and 27 kids. All in all, players raised $2,300 for the University of St. Francis team. 


Both the men's and women's team participated in activities with the adult participants by rotating in and playing 25 minute rounds of doubles. In the Team Challenge event with the younger participants, there were many games and activities to keep the kids moving.


Staff from USTA Northern Indiana were excited to see how well received the event was among players and happy they could play a small role in helping the university teams.

"With the year we have had and college tennis taking a hit financially, we wanted to do something to help the program with awareness of the tennis at St. Francis and financially," said Sarah Stanchin, Tennis Service Representative for USTA Northern Indiana. 


Both staff and team members alike are looking forward to continuing this fundraiser for years to come in an effort to create lasting parternships in the Northern Indiana tennis community.


To learn more about the University of St. Francis tennis program, click here.


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