Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are off until the end of the month but that doesn’t mean they won’t be getting the racquets out.
This Saturday from 12pm to 2pm the Pioneers will be on hand for a unique event at Denver Tennis Park. They’ll be helping out in a charity event that will include instruction, mixed doubles matches and other fun activities for the public.
The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), an organization that each year holds a national ten-week “Man and Woman of the Year” fundraising competition. Last year LLS says they raised $1.5 million for their Rocky Mountain chapter through the campaign.
The Saturday organizers are requesting a minimum donation Saturday of $75 per participant.
The candidates also compete on behalf of a child who is suffering from leukemia or lymphoma.
Michael Hicks, a cancer survivor and friend of the DU tennis programs, organized the Saturday event to support his campaign to win in the male category.
He tells LGDU the Pioneers were a perfect partner to put on this event to raise some money and fight cancers of the blood.
“DU Tennis players and their coaches are some of the nicest most caring people I have met,” Hicks says.
“DU Athletics is producing the worlds future leaders and team sports participation will give them an added edge when they graduate.”
Men’s tennis coach Ricardo Rubio says the event is right in line with the Ritchie Center’s dedication to public service:
“Getting the community involved with our student-athletes is one of the main pillars of what we’re trying to do”
Besides helping a great cause, it’s a chance to see and kick the tires on DU’s newest athletic home.
“It’s a brand new tennis facility, it’s spacious, there’s so many benefits,” Rubio says.