The Times West Virginian


July 31, 2013

FSU tennis fundraiser pairs donors with athletes

FAIRMONT — To support the Fairmont State tennis program, donors are teaming up with tennis players. Quite literally.

Participants will be matched up with Fairmont State athletes for the second annual Falcon Tennis Classic, a mixed doubles round-robin fundraiser. The event will be held Aug. 24 at the Fairmont State tennis courts from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Mary Clark is the head of the committee that is planning the event. She got the idea from Flagler College, a private school in St. Augustine where she and her husband, Frank, live for part of the year.

In the Flagler event, donors bid for the best players. But in Fairmont State’s version, the committee is asking for a minimum donation of $50. Players will then rotate through four different Fairmont State athletes of the opposite gender to give them the chance to play with a variety of different athletes and skill levels.

“It was a very enjoyable morning,” said Jude Miller, a committee member who participated in last year’s event. “It was a very relaxed astrosphere. Everyone I talked to very much enjoyed themselves. There was a lot of good tennis, good food and good fellowship.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for tennis players. Money will be split 50-50 between the men’s and women’s teams.


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