Men's tennis gears up for season with community service


Jan. 29, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- Perfecting their swings has not been the only thing the UW men’s tennis team has been focused on improving. The team has also been very active in the improving the local Madison community in anticipation for their upcoming season.

To kick-start their season of giving, the team paid a visit to the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin on Jan. 16. There, the team helped process the large amount of clothing donations the center receives to make it ready for pick-up in the center’s free clothing store.

"The tennis team was a big help to CAC's free Clothing Center. Groups like the tennis team provide the extra person-power to get those clothes sorted and ready for people to shop," said Patrick Doyle, coordinator of community relations for the center. "CAC is lucky that our community is very generous both with their donations and with their time to help our neighbors in need."

Eager to do more, Men’s Tennis also attended a brunch at the Capital Lakes Senior Center on Jan. 18 where the team was able to exchange stories and experiences with residents.

"At first, we did not know what to expect seeing as we had not done this type of charity work before," said freshman John Zordani. "Once each of us sat down and talked with the seniors one-on-one, they were really able to open up and each senior left with a smile on their face."

Badger Men’s Tennis is very excited to begin their season, which began in California last weekend. Wisconsin opens its home schedule this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. UW will host South Dakota State and Bradley on Feb. 1 and then entertain Tulane on Feb. 2.

"We're very pumped to prove all the preparation leading up to these matches," said Zordani. "Coach Bates and Coach Van Emburgh have done a tremendous job of getting us ‘match tough.'"

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