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Men's Tennis Clinic A Smashing Success
Senior Matt Dooley works with a youngster at the Smash MS clinic Saturday morning.
 
Senior Matt Dooley works with a youngster at the Smash MS clinic Saturday morning.

Sep 9, 2013

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By Vicky Jacobsen

What does it take to get Notre Dame student athletes out of bed on a Saturday morning?

Try a community event for a good cause.

The men's tennis team held two morning clinics as part of Saturday's "Smash MS" event, which was designed to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis, a neurological disorder that affects over 7,500 people in the state of Indiana alone.

The first hour-long clinic was open to South Bend-area youngsters, and the second to members of the Notre Dame community.

"It was an awesome experience," senior Greg Andrews said. "I always enjoy teaching the younger kids, so I love every opportunity we have to do that. It was a great turnout, a lot of people came, so it was a great day."

The men's basketball team and the softball team joined the men's tennis team. Men's tennis head coach Ryan Sachire said he hopes to emulate the efforts the softball team has made to fight leukemia.

"We're going to keep pursuing this," Sachire said. "One of the big goals of mine, taking over the program a few months ago, was to identify our program with a specific cause. We felt like we could really make a difference in the community and give our players an opportunity to use their status as student-athletes for the betterment of others."

Sachire said the team decided to focus on multiple sclerosis because several people close to the program are living with the disease, including the mother of senior Matt Dooley and a former Notre Dame cheerleader who served as the maid of honor at Sachire's wedding. Both women spoke at Saturday's event.

"The reality is that it can happen to anybody," Sachire said. "It's a neurological disease that affects the brain, and you can be the healthiest person in the world, and yet you can still get this disease."

Although the clinics were free, donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society were collected throughout the day.

Jennifer Liddell, the development coordinator for the Indiana chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, was on hand for the activities.

"Anything that brings awareness is a great start," Liddell said. "We have different events throughout the state that are fundraising-event specific. But anything like this, where people can come out and show support, are always a good thing." 

One of the highlights of the morning came when basketball and softball players tried their luck on the court against members of the tennis team. Andrews hit against sophomore forward Austin Burgett. So how did the hoopster do with a racket?

"He has potential, I'll say that," Andrews said with a laugh.

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Event Calendar

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February 5
L, 5-2
Illinois
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
RECAP
February 7
W, 5-2
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
RECAP

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February 7
W, 7-0
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 13
4:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
10:00 AM
Kentucky
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 28
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 3
TBA
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts (TBA)
March 6
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 11
11:00 AM
Clemson
Clemson, South Carolina (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
March 13
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 18
3:30 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 20
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia (Snyder Tennis Complex)
March 27
2:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Georgia (Byers Tennis Complex)
April 1
3:30 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 3
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 8
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 17
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, North Carolina (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
April 21
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 23
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 24
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)

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