With the 2023 collegiate tennis season now moving past the halfway point in the spring, we wanted to shine a light on some teams, student-athletes, and former student-athletes who have been making a difference in their community over the month of March.
The teams featured this month include UTEP, Wisconsin, Cal Poly, and Georgia who spent time volunteering at humane societies, elementary schools, and the Ronald McDonald House during the past month. On an individual level, Ella Brissett of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is honored for her work founding the Claremont Women’s Empowerment in Sports Club, while former collegiate athlete James Blake is making an impact in the Miami community as the Miami Open Tournament Director.
To see more about each of these team’s and player’s work in the community read below:
UTEP Women’s Tennis Spends Time at the El Paso Humane Society
The UTEP Women’s Tennis team stepped away from the courts at the beginning of March to lend a helping hand at the El Paso Humane Society.
Here, players spent time helping with various tasks around the facility, while helping nurture and stimulate many animals who were up for adoption.
Wisconsin Men’s Tennis Volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House
Just a few weeks ago, the Wisconsin Men’s Tennis team headed to their local Ronald McDonald House in Madison, WI where they spent the day giving back to the community.
During their time there, the Badgers were able to assist in meal prep that would be used to feed the children and families in which the Ronald McDonald House helps support.
Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Honors Those Impacted by Cancer
Earlier this month, the Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Team honored Pamela Boyden, the mother of former player Susanne Boyden, by wearing pink during their match against BYU.
During the match, fans were invited to write the names of loved ones affected by cancer on a board just outside the tennis courts where those who were currently battling or had lost their battle with cancer were honored.
Georgia Men’s Tennis Reads to Local Elementary School
Players and coaches from the Georgia Men’s Tennis Team took to Howard B. Stroud Elementary School this past month to read books to students across the school.
Filipe Costa, Teodor Giusca, Thomas Paulcell, and Associate Head Coach Jamie Hunt went from classroom to classroom engaging the students with various stories and activities.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Ella Brissett, Honored for Her Impact in the Community
Sophomore standout Ella Brissett of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been busy not only on the court but off of it as well.
When she is not clinching NCAA Championships for the Athena’s, Brissett has spent her time founding the Claremont Women’s Empowerment in Sports Club which is committed to promoting women’s representation in athletics and empowering women in sports and in their broader communities.
James Blake Showcases the Power of Community through Miami Open Unites Program
Now in its third season, the Miami Open Unites Program, which is helped organized by Miami Open Tournament Director and former Harvard student-athlete James Blake, continues to bring together the top stars from the ATP and WTA Tours for a day of service in the Miami community.
In 2023, athletes volunteered their time across five different organizations including Rebuilding Together, Humane Society, Health in the Hood, Big Brother, Big Sisters, and the Miami Rescue Mission.