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USTA SC partners with Governor

John Sheffield in Marlboro, SC
Governor Nikki Haley is a tennis fan and showed her talents off at the Marlboro County Bash this past weekend at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC.  This event was the third community day The Original Six Foundation organized as a part of a major statewide initiative that helps provide the tools and resources needed for challenged South Carolina communities to grow economically.  
 
The foundation provided a variety of components and resources that were determined by local leaders in Marlboro County.  Activities included a health fair, job fair, sporting opportunities, and free food.  There were over 800 participants for the community bash and 50 of the children in attendance were able to play on court with USTA SC Executive Director, John Sheffield.  
 
It is the hope of USTA SC to develop a local tennis program in this area of the state.   Victoria Smith from the USTA SC staff and Jack Mills, former President of USTA SC and winner of the prestigious SC Order of the Palmetto, were also on hand and talked with dozens of parents and some Marlboro County recreation leaders seeking help to get a new program started.  Several volunteer connections were made and we look forward to introducing Jr. Team Tennis and Play Days to Marlboro County in the very near future.  For information on how you can volunteer, contact Victoria Smith.
 
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL SIX FOUNDATION: Founded by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, The Original Six Foundation unites private support to solve public challenges and does not use any government funding.  The foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for change in South Carolina by uniting public, private and civic leaders and resources to identify and address the challenging issues facing the state’s communities with the purpose of leaving the communities feeling empowered and positively impacted. 
 
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