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May 28, 2008 > Irvington Tennis puts on a clinic for Fremont special day kids

Irvington Tennis puts on a clinic for Fremont special day kids

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Irvington High of Fremont boys and girls tennis teams held a tennis clinic for special day students attending Fremont public schools on Saturday, May 17, on the Irvington Campus. Special day students are kids that have disabilities ranging from mild to severe. There are about 200 special day students attending Fremont public schools.

Boys head tennis coach at Irvington, MaryAnn Bryant, is trying to help these disabled children get interested in the game of tennis as part of their therapy and hopes other sports will to do the same. Irvington tennis sent out about 200 fliers to the special day classes inviting the students to come to the clinic, free of charge. As this was the first time to hold this clinic, they received only about ten to fifteen responses, and with the weather in the high eighties, only seven kids participated. However, those seven had plenty of instruction when twenty-five to thirty Irvington boys and girls, varsity and junior varsity tennis players were on hand to take the kids through the four tennis stations they had set up for the clinic.

Coach Bryant's son, Erik Bryant, is a part-time assistant tennis coach at Irvington and Erik was able to get financial support for the clinic from his full time job firm, Foxit.
Foxit is a young and up-and-coming software company in Fremont. They supplied all
the beverages and snacks for the clinic along with cans of tennis balls for the participants to take home. In addition, Foxit's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, George Z. Gao, presented a check for $1000 to Coach Bryant for use by Irvington Tennis.

The special day students that showed up for the tennis clinic had mild to moderate disabilities and came from Millard and Blacow Elementary Schools in Fremont. Coach Bryant hopes to hold this clinic on an annual basis and next year looks forward to doing it again with more in attendance.

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