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For Immediate Release: April 20, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Women's tennis partners with local pre-school in mentoring program

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- As part of an ongoing partnership with Our Lady of Sorrows Pre-School, located in Endicott, the Binghamton University women’s tennis team played host to a campus visit on Tuesday. The visit encompassed 52 students from three different classes at Our Lady of Sorrows.

Students from Our Lady of Sorrows were treated to a tour of the Events Center by men’s soccer head coach Paul Marco, who showed the class some of Binghamton’s facilities such as the strength and conditioning center, training room, issue room and the men’s soccer locker room. Following the tour, Marco put on a presentation for the kids of different animals playing sports. Strength and conditioning coach Bryan McGovern set up various games and activities for the kids on the Events Center floor.

“The goal of the program was to show the kids what college athletics is like and teach them a few drills that are fun ways to be active and stay in shape,” head coach Libby McGovern said. “We hope the program will instill positive values and encourage the kids to do well in school and be active in their daily lives. Maybe after today they will have dreams of pursuing a college education or becoming a college athlete.”

The mentoring program began in March when the women’s tennis squad traveled to the local pre-school and read books to the children.

"We all really enjoyed having the kids look up to us as mentors and setting a good example for them," said sophomore Jessie Rubin. "We tried to encourage and motivate them to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We loved reading to and having them read to us. It made us all so happy to see how excited they were and we can't wait to spend more time with them in the future!"

The women’s tennis team wrapped up the regular-season with a sweep over Hartford and Stony Brook last weekend, extending its winning streak to six games. The Bearcats, who defeated all five America East opponents during the regular-season, will compete in the America East Championships at Yale University April 29-May 1.

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