Frenship High tennis team serves up help for a teacher

A science teacher at Frenship High School had a bit of help served up to her last week.

Katy Cariens, the FHS head tennis coach and a science teacher, said the tennis team wanted to help another science teacher whose husband was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last fall. He died last week.

“We were trying to figure out any way we could help,” Cariens said, noting that there are many unexpected expenses during an illness.

Last year, former tennis head coach Ted Phillips passed away from cancer, so the disease has hit the tennis team hard, Cariens said.

“Our tennis family has experienced someone with cancer,” she said. “We were trying to figure out any way we could help.”

To help the science teacher’s family, assistant tennis coach Ginny Andrews came up with the idea of a Serve-A-Thon.

Tennis students sought out $1 donations for each serve they made Friday.

“I challenged each of the kids to raise at least $10,” Cariens said. She said she challenged varsity players to raise $20 each.

“We ended up exceeding my expectations,” Cariens said. The students raised $3,200, and had to make 3,200 serves on Friday afternoon.

About 50 students were participating, so Cariens estimated they would have to make about 60 serves each. She said there are about 60 to 80 serves made in a standard tennis match.

The Serve-A-Thon was a win-win, Cariens said, because the students got to practice their serves and the science teacher whose husband died will get a bit of assistance.

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