FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Saturday, January 24th, the FGCU women's tennis team spent three hours spreading over half a ton of mulch at IMPACT, a special needs school in Fort Myers. This is the latest in a series of acts of community service for the team, which has become a monthly tradition ever since Jennifer Gabou took over as head coach in July 2008.
When the Eagles arrived at the school there was a huge pile of mulch that needed to spread throughout the playground. The girls created a system of shoveling the mulch into the barrels, walking the barrels over to the playground, and then raking the mulch around the playground.
"The girls worked really hard at IMPACT and we look forward to going back and playing some tennis with the students," stated coach Gabou.
IMPACT is a private, not for profit organization, focused on the advancement of children ages birth to 5 who are considered at risk due to a variety of delays or conditions that could impair their early childhood development. It is their mission to prevent or reduce the severity of disabilities by providing child development programs, therapeutic intervention, and parent education and support.
The Eagles will return to the courts this weekend when they host Florida Atlantic on Friday, February 5. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Courts.