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A Change of Atmosphere for USTA Umpire

November 22, 2013 10:03 AM

Meg Farrelly umpires matches and runs tournaments for some 30 weekends a year.


Her job is to maintain order.


Saturday, though, she helped with “absolute, fun chaos,” and loved it.


More than 120 kids ages 10 and under participated in the Charleston County School District Play Day, held at the Charleston Tennis Center.



The kids played tennis for a few hours, including introductory games, such as catching the ball with their off-hand and racquet. They also played more advanced games, such as king of the court. And they did it all for free: the Lowcountry Tennis Association paid their way.


Farrelly’s husband, John, coordinated the nearly four-hour event that included school children from all over the school district.


“It was so much fun,” Farrelly said.


The children, family members and volunteers also got a little bit of fuel for their tennis. Organizers grilled 312 hot dogs, brought 76 Uncrustables, the prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and provided chips and juice.


The Lowcountry Tennis Association helped provide the food and the awards, which were trophies and pizza.