November 11, 2013

Men’s Tennis Volunteers with HCCTA to Host Youth Clinics

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men's tennis team is volunteering with the Hamilton County Community Tennis Association (HCCTA) to host youth tennis clinics. Student-athletes are helping out every Sunday for the next six weeks to host the youth clinics in the Butler Bubble on campus.

Over 100 kids will be learning how to play tennis from Butler student-athletes over the next six weeks. Butler men's tennis team members also traveled to Prairie Trace elementary school recently to teach their students the basics of tennis.

The HCCTA is a highly active organization that uses tennis to enhance communities through fitness, education, community service and diversity. HCCTA has recently partnered up with Entouraj (Professional Tennis Player Rajeev Ram's Foundation) to provide college scholarships to Indiana high school seniors who have played tennis on their high school teams while working hard off the court to achieve academic excellence.

Entouraj was created by Rajeev Ram who moved to Carmel, Ind. in 1996 to play high school tennis at Carmel High School. Ram won the state singles championship and then led Illinois to an NCAA title before turning pro in 2004.

Entouraj now puts on a tennis exhibition fundraiser every year, which this year happens to feature Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1 doubles team in the world, against Ram and one of his partners from the ATP Tour.

By partnering with the HCCTA and Entouraj, the Butler men's tennis team will get the exciting opportunity to be ball boys for the exhibition match.