Lone Star College-Cy-Fair nets national honor
Over the past year members of the Lone Star College-Cy-Fair tennis team have volunteered at a wheelchair event, organized a Special Olympics clinic, donated equipment to a local elementary school and have played Wii tennis with senior citizens at an assisted living center.
For their efforts, the team has been named the 2010-2011 national Tennis On Campus Club of the Year by the United States Tennis Association. Each year, the award is given to a club that has exhibited a sustained level of excellence, while displaying a strong commitment to community service. The club will receive the award at this weekend's 2011 National Campus Championship in Cary, N.C.
"This is the highest honor you can receive to be named national club of the year. The kids are on cloud-nine," Lone Star College-Cy-Fair coach Tim Sebesta said. "It's great about these kids because they're friends, they like to do things with each other and they really like to give back. You can't ask for anything nicer than that."
The club has grown steadily over the past eight years through word of mouth and the camaraderie of the players. It has nearly tripled from approximately 20 students at its inception to 57 today. This weekend, LSC will take part in the national championships for the third straight year. During its short history, the team has lost just two dual matches.
"Friendship builds a strong team," team captain Jimmy Nguyen said. "You can have all the talent in the world, but you won't get anywhere in Tennis On Campus without friendship."
LSC's success on the court, pales in comparison to the positive effect it has had on the community through tireless charitable efforts. In January, members of the club spent several hours introducing tennis to 320 students at Lieder Elementary. The club also donated $500 in rackets, nets and tennis balls to the school. In addition, team members donated a copy of Wii Tennis to the Hearthstone Assisted Living Center and have volunteered at a wheelchair tennis clinic for veterans who just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This year everything was about introducing or growing the game of the tennis," Sebesta said.
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