Serves for Service
October 22, 2009
By Paloma Spencer
Upper Class of 2011
Tossing up the ball, the intensity grew as I prepared to slam the serve that could determine game point in a tennis match that had gone on for hours. Even in the hot sun, I was eager to win in support of a remarkable event.
Earlier this month, OVS English teacher Brad Weidlich and myself, a junior at OVS, competed in a four-hour tennis marathon to raise money for local youth.
Since 1997, the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation has held an annual tennis marathon to benefit its youth mentoring programs. More than 70 people gathered for this year’s event, the proceeds of which provide funds for critical after-school and summer programs for the youth of the Ojai Valley.
Understanding that my participation would provide young people with proper guidance and educational help, I eagerly became involved. With donations from the OVS Student Council, school fundraisers and numerous individuals, Mr. Weidlich and I were able to raise a total of $740 for the cause.
Although I had an amazing time participating in the marathon, the experience was about more than just drop shots and volleys.
Surrounded by experienced players, I was able to hone my tennis skills and relish in the importance of teamwork.
Even in the last of our 56 games, the other players and I were determined. As I slammed the volley across the court, the adrenaline grew as my partner and I defeated our opponents. We shook hands and congratulated each other on a match well played.
But really, the day wasn’t about wins and losses. It was about a community coming together to participate in an amazing event. It was about supporting our youth and providing them with an abundance of opportunities to help improve their lives