March 9, 2004
Tallahassee - The Florida State women's tennis team held their third community service event of the year, inviting over 100 children from schools in the Leon County Special Olympics organization for a clinic hosted by the Tribe. In the middle of the Garnet and Gold's hectic schedule, the team found time to go through tennis drills and exercises with the large group of special needs children.
"When I was playing on the tour, it was our official charity. I've been involved in Special Olympics since then and wanted to carry it on to my (players). We would take a day and go out and spend time with the kids while we were at an event," said Gregory.
The program is called CLAY - Community Leisure Activities for Youth and is coordinated through the Leon County School District. The group spent one hour working with the members of the team on tennis drills. The program is coordinated by Pam Jameson, the Adapted Physical Education Resource teacher for the Leon County School District (LCSD) and representatives form USA Tennis. USA Tennis has held the event a number of times at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center for the Noles to participate.
Head coach Lise Gregory also has a long history with the Special Olympics organization dating back to her playing days on the ATP Tour.
"I think it's good for our girls get a different perspective on life," said Gregory. "They love it plus it's a fun day. It's nice to do during spring break when you have a couple of extra days. Also, it's good all-around - the girls are out here having a good time and so are the children."