Embrace the Community: Merrimack Tennis Offers Clinic for Lawrence High Athletes After Gas Explosions

Embrace the Community: Merrimack Tennis Offers Clinic for Lawrence High Athletes After Gas Explosions


Lawrence High Courts Unplayable Due to Gas Explosions Last September in Merrimack Valley.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The gas explosions that impacted many in the Merrimack Valley last September continue to have long-lasting impacts across the region, including affecting Lawrence High School and its athletic teams. The Lancers' tennis programs have been displaced this spring due to damage that made their home tennis courts unplayable and in need of long-term repairs. 

On Tuesday, the Merrimack women's tennis program did its part to assist the community, welcoming Lawrence's girl's tennis team to Cedardale Health & Fitness in Andover, Mass. for a clinic that offered an educational opportunity, community connection and a bonding experience between the Warriors and Lancers. Cedardale donated court time for the clinic, as well.

"Across the courts, there were smiles all around.  My players loved teaching and helping girls who haven't had the lessons or opportunities on the court that they have had in the past.  The Lawrence girls felt welcomed and encouraged from the minute they stepped on the court; you could see their smiles and enthusiasm the entire time," commented third-year head coach Dena Madden.  "As a coach, this was a day unmatched by any win. My smile never left as I saw how much yesterday's moment meant to Lawrence's girls and how fulfilling of an experience it was for our team."

Eighteen players from Lawrence as well as every Merrimack player took the courts at Cedardale. The Warriors guided Lawrence's players through instructional drills, and will reunite with the Lancers next Tuesday at Cedardale for another clinic.

-Release provided by Merrimack athletic communications staff-

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