DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern tennis’ first-ever “Rock the Courts” Pro-Am Tournament was a huge success in connecting the program with the community as well as raising fund for Savage Storm tennis.
The 16-team tournament featured several prominent members of the Durant community taking up racquets and lacing up tennis shoes to partner with members of the SE men’s and women’s tennis teams.
When the dust settled it was the team of Laercio Lobo of the men’s tennis team and James Dry who held off Billy Haugen and Jered Hyatt in the final by a score of 7-5.
“One of the things we really wanted to accomplish,” stated men’s tennis coach Shawn Hamil, “Was to reach out to the community and promote the sport of tennis in Durant and around the area.”
The event was a success on that front as well as raising over $1,000 towards the tennis programs at Southeastern.
“We are definitely thankful for all the different businesses,” continued Hamil, “First United Bank, Marco’s and the book store gave a lot of different things for our fundraising basket.”
“We are appreciative of all of those. Especially all the community leaders that came out to support the game and the tennis program here at Southeastern.”
The night closed with a visit from Hamil dressed as rock-guitarist Slash of the band Guns-N-Roses.
The costumed appearance was in response to a friendly challenge that if a certain amount of money was raised that Hamil would make an appearance as his rocked-out alter ego.
The tennis teams will be back in action Sept. 28-29 when members of both squads will travel to Springfield, Mo., for the ITA Regional Tournament.