BOSTON, MA – The Northeastern University and Boston College Tennis On Campus teams' recent off-court endeavor will create a lifelong impact on the lives of others.
"We’ve all been so impacted by tennis during our lives, so we thought it was appropriate for us to give something back," said Ashley Equi, a junior from Madison, CT, who is the President of the Huskies’ women’s Tennis On Campus organization and credited Vice-President Rachel Kozupsky with helping to make the vision a reality. "We thought that doing something to help young players have the opportunity most of had growing up would be a nice way to make an impact."
To that end, Equi , and Justin Robinson from the Boston College Tennis On Campus team, collaborated with USTA New England Executive Director Jeff Waters and Director of Community Tennis Deidre McCormack and hammered out a fund-raising event that would benefit junior players in the section.
On Nov. 13, the Northeastern and Boston College Tennis On Campus programs hosted a "Midnight Madness" tournament, an event during which players participated in matches well into the early morning hours.
The event was held at the Weymouth Club and seven teams, representing TOC programs from colleges and universities throughout New England, took part.
Each player raised money from sponsors and the proceeds were pooled into a fund that will be administered by the Youth Tennis Foundation.
The Youth Tennis Foundation exists to provide opportunities for children of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, play, enjoy and excel at the sport of tennis. The YTF achieves this by raising funds for a wide variety of development programs, including many administered by USTA New England.
"We got a lot of support from USTA New England and the Youth Tennis Foundation," Equi said. "One of the reasons we wanted to help young players is because we’d also like to get involved in a mentoring capacity with the player, so we can watch them progress."
Last year, Northeastern and Boston College organized a "Midnight Madness" tennis tournament that raised more $10,000, which the team donated to support youth programs at Dorchester’s Sportsmen’s Tennis Club.
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