WHS Boys Tennis Team
raises $4,816 for the March of Dimes
For the third year, the Varsity Boys Tennis team completed its
"Do It for the Babies" pledge drive for the March of Dimes.
The team solicited pledges from family and friends at the start of the season. Pledgers would promise to pay the March of Dimes a certain amount of money for each game the player won during the regular season. Since games, not matches, were the relevant factor, players could accumulate earnings even if they lost a match.
Benjamin Spector began the program in 2012 as a junior. That year the team was able to present more than $3,500 to the Executive Director of the March of Dimes of Massachusetts.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
On Wednesday, June 11, the team prevailed in a sweep over Whitinsville at Northboro. All three singles and the two doubles matches won their contests.
As a team captain in 2013, Spector led the effort again, and the team raised almost $4,400. Members of the team visited a neo-natal intensive care unit to see where their money would be spent.
Spector graduated in 2013 but the team was committed to continuing the effort without him, raising $2,408. At the team dinner on June 16, 2014, the parents of co-captain Harry Teplow announced that they would match the boys' efforts in honor of the team's State Championship, increasing the total raised to $4,816.
The most active fund raiser was Ethan Chen, who has been the team's #1 singles player the past three years. To date, the team has raised more than $12,000 for the March of Dimes and Chen looks forward to continuing the drive when he is a team captain his senior year.
The March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat polio. Having essentially eradicated the disease, the organization turned to themission of improving the health of babies by seeking to prevent birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality.
NICUs were first established by the March of Dimes and many of the procedures were developed through research funded by the March of Dimes.
The 2014 Boys' Tennis Team
with their donation to the March of Dimes