JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today Duval County's "Save High School Tennis" group announced their upcoming efforts to ensure students will be able to play tennis in spring 2012.
Tennis was cut by administrators in order to balance the school district's budget for the 2011-2012 school year.
The campaign, "Serve an Ace for High School Tennis" aims to raise $70,000, which was the amount needed to pay for the 2011 season. However, Duval County Athletic Director, Jon Fox said the group only needs to raise $44,000 because the district is going to cut the number of coaches from two per team to just one. The group must raise that amount by Dec. 15 in order for tennis to have a spring season.
"Save High School Tennis" will hold two pizza sales and a tennis clinic day at San Jose Country Club to help raise the money.
"The sports programs in the schools is something that I believe the community has taken for granted until this year," explained tennis supporter Celia Rehm. "Now, we know that the sports have been cut and so it's up to us then to step up and I think, particularly as we move along, I think that they will see that this is something that they can help with."
"Save High School Tennis" fundraisers:
Tuesday -- Pizza Sale 4:30-7 p.m. in the Kmart Parking Lot at 9600 San Jose Boulevard (pizza donated by Papa Murphy's)
Wednesday -- Pizza Sale 4:30-7 p.m. at Harbor Place Mall, 13170 Atlantic Boulevard
Saturday -- Tennis Clinics from 9 -11 a.m., Lunch, Clinics from 1 - 3 p.m., Tennis Exhibition and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the San Joses Country Club. Tickets are $50 for one clinic and lunch or exhibition and dinner/ $100 for full day, including one clinic, lunch, exhibition and dinner
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