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January 26, 2013

Serving First

In tennis, it is typically considered an advantage to serve first. On Friday night, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team began their season by serving the disadvantaged in downtown Pomona.

Partnering with CMC's Center for Civic Engagement, twelve student-athletes and two coaches prepared and served dinner to some of Pomona's homeless population as part of the Pomona Promise meal program at Pomona Valley Christian Center on 10th and Garey in downtown Pomona.

The idea to serve as a team was spearheaded by Stags captain Neel Kotrappa (JR - La Verne, CA), who has been an active volunteer in his own community at the LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services in La Verne. Kotrappa had become aware that head coach Paul Settles and his family had previously served on Friday nights at Pomona Promise, and suggested to his Stags Tennis peers that they turn an opportunity to serve into a team outing.

CMS Men's Tennis will host the Ducey Cup Alumni Match on Saturday, February 16, and then begins dual match play on Friday, February 22 against Brandeis and Arizona Christian.