Return serve of generosity
WEMBLEY Primary School students are using their tennis skills to give back to the community.
The students secured Most Outstanding School at the Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards last year and were awarded $5000.
They decided to donate half the amount to the Dylan Alcott Foundation, which helps young Australians with disabilities achieve their goals through education and sport.
The donation was revealed at an assembly yesterday.
Wembley PS PE specialist Lee Stringer said the school was inspired by Alcott himself after his Newcombe Medal win and wanted to help young people achieve their dreams.
“This is the first time the students knew about the donation and it was great to see their excitement at the assembly,” Mr Stringer said.
Alcott appeared at the assembly via a special video message, with students excited to see the champion wheelchair tennis player.
Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts said the school’s award, and later donation, was fantastic to see.
“It’s great recognition for them,” he said.
“They’re the epitome of what we try to do with schools.”
The assembly also marked part of the Hopman Cup’s 30 schools in 30 days tour.
Students were able to get up close to the Hopman Cup trophy and meet the tournament’s quokka mascot, Hoppy.