WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Wellesley High School Boys' and Girls' Tennis Teams After the Boston Marathon bombing, Wellesley High School's boys' tennis coach (and head of the tennis program for Wellesley's Recreation Department), Mike Sabin, acted on an idea he had been mulling over for a couple of years—engaging the boys' and girls' teams in a day of community service. Alan Brazier, the girls' coach, loved the idea and together the two leaders suggested to their teams that they host a youth tennis clinic on a Saturday afternoon in the spring to raise money for The One Fund, a charity to aid the victims of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack. The kids were onboard, and the first event was a success. The Youth Tennis & Clinic Game Day has become an annual tradition for the team. Each year the captains select a different charity to benefit. In 2016, they selected Special Olympics. Parents pay whatever they deem appropriate for their kids to participate. The event is open to four-to-thirteen-year olds at any level of tennis ability, even if that means never having picked up a racquet before. The tennis team leads fun games, drills, and even plays singles and doubles with the participants. Rumor has it that that an eight- and ten-year- old beat two varsity players in a game of doubles one year, although the Wellesley High School players claim that they weren't try- ing their hardest. Perhaps they were simply following instructions to make sure all the kids have fun. Jake Robertson, a member of the boys' varsity team, enjoys hitting with kids of all ages at the clinic. "It's nice to see kids in the community come out and be welcomed by the tennis team. Hopefully, we encourage at least a few more kids to get into ten- nis," explains Jake. 110 Student Athletes W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 n SPECIAL OLYMPICS, MASSACHUSETTS: www.specialolympicsma.org n SHOOTING TOUCH: www.shootingtouch.com n WELLESLEY YOUTH TRACK & FIELD: www.wellesleyyouthtrackandfield.org n HEATED LIONS: www.heatedlions.org n SQUASHCARES: www.squashcares.org top: Coach Mike Sabin, Satvik Reddy, Jake Robertson, Alex Chapman, and Michael Garrity with clinic partici- pant Michael Hunter bottom: Clinic participants Logan Murphy and Nina Goujiamanis with team player Darren Zhou watching the action

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