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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."





DePaul sponsored a basketball fundamentals clinic for 50 elementary school aged children on May 12th at McGrath-Phillips Arena located on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. All participants received three hours of instruction and game experience from the DePaul men's and women's basketball coaching staffs and current student-athletes.



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The clinic included fundamental skill instruction and basic game principles for both offense and defense. Participants received a DePaul T-shirt and lunch and will receive tickets to a men's and women's basketball game during the 2012-13 season.


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Lisa Ryckbosch ran the clinic with Kevin Edwards, Ciara Johnson, and Dave Corzine.  Women's team members Brittany Hrynko, Chanise Jenkins, Kelsey Smith, Anna Martin and Megan Rogowski and men's team members Worrel Clahar, Donnavan Kirk, Derrell Robertson, Jr. and Montray Clemons helped out at the clinic.


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DePaul in the Community: Vincentian Day Recap

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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.

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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