Ready to serve, for a cause


Local News

September 20, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The Iola High School girls tennis raised more than $1,500 last year to benefit hurricane victims in Texas, courtesy of their serving skills.
The beneficiaries this year will be much closer to home.
On Wednesday, the Fillies will partake in their annual serve-a-thon, soliciting financial pledges or simple donations, with proceeds going to USD 257’s three elementary schools.
“As a coach, I encourage my players to be outward focused,” tennis coach Jenn Bycroft said. “It’s not about us.”
Those who look closely enough will see needs throughout the community, Bycroft said.
She received permission from USD 257 Superintendent of Schools Stacey Fager to earmark donations to the elementary schools, where it will be spent, or tucked away for emergency, at the direction of each school’s principal.
“Any time we serve other people, I’m not going to micromanage how they spend it,” Bycroft said. “They know best how to use it. They can spend it however they want. You never know what needs you’ll have.”
Each tennis player will get 100 serves, and tally up the serves that land inbounds.
For example, if Player A hits 75 of 100 serves, and a donor has pledged 50 cents per successful serve, the donation will be $37.50.
Pledges can be made up until Wednesday, and money can be collected up until Oct. 1.
Those who wish to contribute can reach out to Bycroft, a Fillies tennis player or the high school office at 365-4715.
Donations should be made out to Iola High School.


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