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USTA SC, University of South Carolina Partnering Together

April 7, 2015 08:33 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- USTA South Carolina and the University of South Carolina are excited to announce two unique events that will bring together some of the most inspiring and most talented tennis players in the state this weekend.

During the Gamecock women's tennis match against Tennessee at 5 p.m. Friday, April 10, six wheelchair tennis players from across the state will get to know members of the Gamecock men's tennis team during a meet and greet. The event is part of “Wheelchair Tennis Day” through USTA South Carolina and the University of South Carolina and is being hosted to promote wheelchair tennis.

Martha Childress, a University of South Carolina student who was paralyzed by a stray bullet in Five Points in fall 2013, also will participate. Childress is an intern for the University of South Carolina Athletic Department and was instrumental in establishing the event.

“It was really important for me to establish a relationship between the University of South Carolina Athletic Department and USTA South Carolina. There are so many great wheelchair tennis players who deserve a chance to be recognized for their talent and hard work,” Childress said. “My hope is that ‘Wheelchair Tennis Day’ will bring attention to the sport and allow fans to see the positive benefits of playing tennis.”

Pamela Banks of USTA South Carolina added, “Wheelchair tennis remains an exciting way for athletes to stay active and experience the lifelong sport of tennis. We're thrilled to be partnering with the University of South Carolina to bring greater attention to the sport and these talented athletes.”

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USTA South Carolina and the University of South Carolina will work together again Saturday, April 11, to host a “Campus Kids' Day.” About an hour into the 11 a.m. Gamecock men’s tennis match against Arkansas, kids will get to meet Cocky, take their picture with him and get his autograph. Kids also will have the opportunity to win giveaways, including rally towels, posters and other tennis-related prizes.

Both events are free to attend and will take place at the Carolina Tennis Center, 1316 Heyward Street. Fans can park in the Heyward Street Garage for free and make their way down to the Carolina Tennis Center through Athletics Village.

For more information, please contact Amber Wise at awise@mailbox.sc.edu or Jonathon Braden at braden@sctennis.com.

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