Nov. 30, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State men’s and women’s tennis teams joined with Florida A&M tennis on Friday evening at Scott Speicher Tennis Center to raise money for charity.
The Seminoles and Rattlers raised $2,300 for Door of Hope Ministries which will help fund Sunrise Apartments. The apartment complex houses 166 people on the south-side of Tallahassee, 102 of them being children. Many of the complex’s residents are single mothers. Some of the programs offered at the complex are: after-school programs, literacy training, health and nutrition classes, home buyer seminars, computer labs, an employment program and day care.
“I think it’s great for our guys to get out here for a really great cause,” said FSU volunteer assistant coach Mat Cloer. “It’s a good night, and we’ve got a lot of people out here. I don’t know if we could ask for anything better.”
The round-robin tournament drew 48 participants, as amateurs from the community teamed with FSU and FAMU players in doubles competition. While participants balanced fun and competition, the main focused remained on the real reason they were playing.
“Hopefully we can keep growing this tournament,” said Cloer. “I hope we can have it again next year and keep on doing whatever we can do to help the community.”
Last season the Seminoles raised more than $1,800 for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.