March 27, 2007
The CSU tennis teams go to Marion-Sterling to help a group of 16 pupils taught by Ms. Jane Elias. At least three members of the teams visit the kids twice a week to assist students with their reading, comprehension, math and vocabulary skills.
In December, players from both teams gave fleece sweatshirts to the children at Marion-Sterling. Also, the team signed media guides and played games with the kids.
"This experience has shown us that serving out community is more important than what we do on the court," head coach Brian Etzkin said.
The campaign started from the Hosts Program, an initiative to help kids pass their proficiency tests. But when funding was dropped for the program a few years ago, the CSU tennis teams adopted the second-grade class anyway. The teams have now been working with Ms. Elias' students for the last four years.
The tennis teams benefit greatly from their work with the students. Many of the students from Marion-Sterling have sent thank you notes and drawings to show their appreciation to the college tennis athletes. But the Vikings don't do it for the thank you accolades.
"Helping a child with their education, no matter how long it may be, is one of the greatest feelings anyone can receive," CSU women's tennis sophomore Kristin Chamberlain said.