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June 8, 2010 > Irvington tennis partners with Fremont Special Day kids

Irvington tennis partners with Fremont Special Day kids

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Varsity and JV boys and girls tennis teams from Fremont's Irvington High School put on a tennis clinic on Memorial Day (May 31) at the IHS tennis courts for special day kids from Fremont elementary schools.

About 20 members of the tennis teams were on hand to assist with the four tennis stations setup for the clinic. Most of the players were from the boy's teams as their season is during the spring. However, a handful of girls players also showed up to assist even though their season is in the fall. This was the third year in a row to hold this clinic.

Fremont has almost 400 special day kids with disabilities ranging from mild to severe in the elementary schools, and over 300 flyers were sent out inviting the kids to come to the clinic free of charge. MaryAnn Bryant, co-coach of the boys teams and head of the clinic, said they received about 20 responses to attend.

Schools represented were Brookvale, Grimmer, Maloney, Milliard and Mission Valley elementary schools with the kids having mild to moderate disabilities. Assisting coach Bryant was her son Erik who has assisted her with the boys teams since he graduated from Irvington in 2000. He and his mother are now co-coaches of the boys teams.

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 do the same.

Erik Bryant has full-time job with Foxit, a software company in Fremont. As in previous years, Foxit has supplied financial support for the clinic by paying for all the beverages and snacks for the kids and tennis players. In addition, all the participants received tennis towels to take home with the Irvington Vikings logo. Foxit paid for the towels and also gave a $1,000 check to Irvington tennis to be used by their program.

Coach Bryant hopes to hold this clinic again next year and looks forward to doing it with more in attendance by inviting siblings of the special day kids to join them.

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