Sept. 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
One of the benefits of being a student-athlete is using your athletic ability to help others away from the field of competition. On Friday (September 26) members of both the Florida State University men’s and women’s tennis programs will do just that when they host a First Serve fundraiser event from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the FSU campus.
“We’re very excited about hosting the First Serve event,” FSU men’s head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It’s a great chance for us to give back to the community and help the underprivileged children in the area. First Serve is a great organization and we are more than willing to help out.”
First Serve is a United State Tennis Association national initiative that provides inner-city youth an after-school program with access to adult volunteer mentors, tutors, computers and the fun, physical activity of tennis. Area players will donate money to the organization for the chance to play against the current Seminole squads.
The program was started last spring by Florida governor Jeb Bush with sponsorship from Burger King, Court TV, IBM and Microsoft. Currently there are 13 First Serve organizations in the state of Florida, including two in Tallahassee.