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Year-long efforts raise funds for sick children

Year-long efforts raise funds for sick children
Year-long efforts raise funds for sick children | University of Tennessee at Martin Softball team
YEAR-LONG FUNDRAISING – Members of the UT Martin tennis team take time to pose with the $2,400 check they presented to staff of the Ronald McDonald House. They were (from left): Johanie Van Zyl (kneeling), Alice Laing, Belisa de Brito, Ronald McDonald and assistant coach Andrey Yesipov.

In an ongoing effort to raise awareness in cancer research, The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s tennis team launched a year-long fundraiser by simply winning matches on the court, with 100 percent of the proceeds being sent directly to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.
The team was on hand at the Ronald McDonald House on Wednesday, May 5 to present a check.
Earlier this season, each of the Skyhawk players worked hard to receive donations for each win they collected throughout the fall and spring seasons.
With the continued success the team displayed – finishing with a 10-7 overall record and 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference slate – the ladies certainly did their part.
The campus community, as well as several local members, supported this great cause to help the children and parents of the Ronald McDonald House, donating more than $2,400.
UT Martin head coach Dennis Taylor made it a point to hand deliver the check to the patients at the Ronald McDonald House.
“I wanted our players to personally present the check before they went home for the summer,” Taylor said. “This is a great fundraiser and many of our fans have asked us to do it again next year. If you did not get a chance to participate this year, we will be back this fall asking for pledges.”
Freshman Johanie Van Zyl was in attendance at the check presentation and was one of several team members who were moved by the services rendered at the Ronald McDonald House.
“This is a great charity and the staff at the Ronald McDonald House perform an unbelievable service for children with cancer and their families,” Van Zyl said. “We are not only playing tennis for UT Martin but we are also trying to win matches for the children that are undergoing cancer treatment in Memphis.”
The amount raised throughout the year could still potentially rise, as there are still a few pledges that have not been collected.
“We still have a few hundred dollars still out, but anyone with pledges still out can send them to us and we will get them to the Ronald McDonald House,” Taylor said. For those who have not sent in his/her proceeds, make a check out to the Ronald McDonald House and send those to:
UTM Tennis, 25 Mt. Pelia Rd., Martin, TN 38238.
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