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Michigan State Tennis to Host Wheelchair Tournament

Head coach Gene Orlando and the Michigan State tennis team hope to provide awareness and give back to the community.

Aug. 17, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State tennis program is hosting the inaugural Michigan State Wheelchair Tournament on Aug. 25-26 at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Facility.

Head coach Gene Orlando, his staff and the team has been promoting wheelchair tennis the past three years and has offered a wheelchair training program for all levels and ages at no cost.

"We were looking for a way that we could give back as a team and `serve' our community and wheelchair tennis was our ace," Orlando said. "Our wheelchair program has been more rewarding than we could have ever imagined. These athletes are the ones who are truly giving back. Their effort, will and toughness are both inspiring and motivating."

Participants have until Thursday, Aug. 23, to register for the tournament. The first round begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. For registration, please contact head coach Gene Orlando at (517) 881-9955.

There will also be a practice on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the outdoor courts.

"It gives the athletes a chance to exercise, play and compete," Orlando added. "Our athletes are excited for the tournament because practice is practice, and tournament time is for keeps. We are hoping the Michigan State Wheelchair Tournament will bring awareness and let people know about our program here at Michigan State."

The event is sponsored by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Sparrow Hospital and Centis Health.



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