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Two Second Serve team members, Ruby Hansen and Sarah MacCallum, have gone the extra mile to expand the impact of our organization to as many kids as possible by partnering with Serving Advantage. Serving Advantage is a youth-run organization that helps children with special needs develop social skills and confidence by providing them with tennis lessons and clinics. Sarah, Second Serve’s Junior Director of Fundraising, discovered Serving Advantage in March and offered to donate some equipment to the students. On April 11, Sarah attended one of Serving Advantage’s clinics and brought rackets, backpacks, and shoes for the kids to enjoy. “My favorite part was when they saw a tiny pair of tennis shoes and were so excited to give it to a younger girl in their group,” Sarah said. Sarah also looks forward to assisting Serving Advantage with a charity tournament on July 31st at the Racquet Club of Irvine.

    Ruby Hansen, Second Serve’s Regional President of Irvine, California, has also partnered with Serving Advantage. “I have close family and friends who have special needs, and I think that everybody should have the opportunity to play tennis if they want to,” Ruby said. Ruby was able to collect gently used rackets and ball hoppers to give to Serving Advantage’s Volunteer Coordinator and Coach, Jordyn Kuo. Jordyn put new grips on each of the rackets so that they were ready for the kids to play with. A majority of the special needs children that Serving Advantage assists have never played tennis before, so donations like Sarah’s and Ruby’s help the organization make tennis more accessible to special needs families. 

By Morgan Shaffer

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