Women's Tennis rallies for a cure
Feb. 10, 2011
The Texas Women's Tennis team understands the value of pink. More than a color, it raises awareness and ideas.
That's why most of the Longhorns were wearing pink and burnt orange this past weekend at Barton Creek Country Club. Shelving their competitive spirits for a day, the Longhorns turned into teachers of the game at the Rally for the Cure clinic.
The tennis team, along with coaches Patty Fendick-McCain and Darija Klaic, conducted a tennis clinic for almost 50 females, and all proceeds from the $25 tax-deductable registrations fees benefitted local breast cancer research organizations.
Blessed with sun and welcome warmth following a local snowstorm, the Longhorns took to the courts last Saturday morning and first practiced while the clinic participants observed. This allowed McCain to spend some time explaining the skills and strategy associated with singles and doubles play.
After the Longhorns concluded their practice, they took turns instructing the female players. Covering everything from forehands to volleys, the clinic concluded with target practice. The participants had the opportunity to hit the shots they just learned at prizes lined up across the net.
Whatever they hit, they took home.
More than anything, everyone took home more awareness for a good cause.
"It doesn't take a whole lot of coaxing to get our girls out here. They understand and have all been affected by breast cancer in some way," McCain said. "This is near and dear to our hearts. It's the second year we've held this event, and it keeps growing. It's important for us to stay involved."