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Loyola Marymount Tennis Serves Off the Court

March 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Tennis teams partnered with the Partnership Scholar Program to mentor students from the surrounding community for a day of learning, interaction, and fun at LMU. Students from Lennox, El Monte, San Fernando and Venice schools came to LMU and as part of the Lennox Partnership Scholars Program to learn about LMU through the mentorship of the tennis team on a college campus. As a Jesuit University, the LMU student athletes strive to live out the mission of service and education of the whole person in addition to athletics and academics.

Meg Donohue Sanchez, who is a member of the Board of Directors and the Regional Coordinator for the 'Partnership Scholars Program' said, "Our Partnership Scholars (in grades 7 - 11) thoroughly enjoyed the day at Loyola Marymount, and because of the average ratio of 1:6 (tennis players to PSP folks), were able to learn a great deal about the university and get all their questions answered, The tennis players and coaches made the scholars feel welcome and they were able to imagine themselves as future college students. Many are now setting their sights on LMU."

The Lennox Partnership Scholars Program is now in its 14th year of providing mentoring and financial support to students in grades 7-12. Dr. Glenn Langer founded the program in Lennox in 1996 because of his strong belief that, "Bright but disadvantaged students are limited not by their environment but are assured of progressing to a level determined only by their own considerable talents to the end that they will be competitive for entry into 4 year colleges with scholarship aid". The program has been successful and now more than 500 young scholars throughout California enjoy the rewards of Partnership Scholar Program benefactor and mentor support!

The LMU men's and women's tennis teams enjoyed a day with the Partnership Scholar's Program students where they toured the campus, had a group lunch, socialized and even did a scavenger hunt. The entire group of 60 students and approximately 19 mentors gathered at the LMU Tennis Stadium Court where they started out onto the LMU campus for a tour. Throughout the day, the LMU tennis teams were asked questions about their life as students at LMU, in turn the Scholar students shared a bit of their story how they were a part of the Partnership Scholar Program. After lunch each they competed in a Scavenger Hunt where each of them had to gather information about Loyola Marymount University, as well as the Partnership Scholars Program.

Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said, "This was a great experience for the men's and women's players to interact with students from grades 7-12 that are bright and have aspirations of attending college. In speaking to the players, they repeated words echoing the rewarding experience. I hope the scholars were able to learn a bit about how going to college can be a wonderful and exciting experience for them."

Courtesy of LMU Sports Information