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The DePaul women's tennis team conducted a clinic May 19th at the Girls in the Game Olympics at McGuane Park in the city's Bridgeport community. More than 200 girls from the ages of 8-14 participated in the event which included games and clinics in tennis, flag football, basketball and field sports.



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Blue Demon coach Mark Ardizzone, graduate assistant coach Katarina Milinkovic and their entire team of Gia McKnight, Cali Gustafson, Kelsey Lawson, Patricia Fargas, Jasmin Kling, Rebeca Mitrea and Carolin Neumann introduced the sport to the Girls in the Game participants.



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 "It was a great event," Ardizzone said.  Most of the girls had come out and watched us beat SMU in February.  For many of them, the clinic was their first time discovering the sport of tennis close up.



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Tennis 4 Blog.JPG"Our players had a great time showing them how to play a sport they might not have a chance to get involved with. Hopefully we sparked an interest and inspired some future Blue Demons to pursue the game we all love."





The Chicago Boys and Girls Club is an after-school program that keeps young people off the streets and provides an opportunity to get involved in constructive activities. Before the recent introduction of a volleyball program to the Yancey Center at 6245 S. Wabash Ave., there were not a lot of activities for girls. Since the addition of volleyball, there has been a faithful showing of girls ages 11-18 eager to learn about the sport.




DePaul head coach Nadia Edwards and assistant coaches Marie Zidek and Phuong Luong conducted a two-hour clinic on May 17th teaching the basic skills while Blue Demon players Ally Rooks, Natalie Rizzo and Amy Lanski demonstrated techniques and interacted with the young ladies. Each participant received a DePaul volleyball T-shirt.




 "Just like all of our players at DePaul, these young ladies have developed a passion for volleyball," Edwards said. "Most of our players can reflect that at some point in their career, someone invested time to teach them the sport and help them cultivate a love for the game.  This was our chance to give back to the community and provide some of the opportunities that many of us had growing up.



VB 3.JPG"I loved seeing the smiles on each of the young ladies faces during the clinic. They had a high level of intensity and were truly excited to be involved. We look forward to returning for more clinics and building our relationship with the Yancey Boys and Girls Club. We also would like to give the young ladies from the clinic a chance to visit DePaul University's campus and attend a few of our matches in the fall."

DePaul in the Community: Vincentian Day Recap


DePaul student-athletes joined the University community earlier this month for the annual Vincentian Service Day. The annual event sent nearly 1,800 members from the DePaul family into Chicago for numerous service projects on Saturday, May 5.



The men's soccer team joined Kai Omega sorority at Gage Park to spruce up the park with truckloads of mulch. Member of the men's cross country and track and field program collected donations for Alzheimer's research while the men's and women's tennis teams volunteered at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center.



The women's basketball team went to the Northwest Side Housing Center with a group of about 20 people from DePaul to help clean up a neighborhood. Among the many duties were cleaning up the garbage, raking leaves, mowing the lawn, cutting shrubs and picking weeds.

DePaul in the Community: Tiger Cub Scouts visit Men's Hoops


Earlier this week, DePaul hosted a group of Tiger Cub Scouts from the Lincoln Park neighborhood and met with Dave Corzine for a tour of the Sullivan Athletics Center before joining Mac Calloway and men's basketball player Jamee Crockett for some fitness and basketball drills.



Corzine provided a tour of DePaul's athletics facility with stops in the weight room and locker room before heading to the gym to meet Calloway - DePaul's director of strength and conditioning - and Crockett.





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