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State Honoree

Melissa Gillooly

Rhode Island

Melissa Gillooly, Pilgrim High School, Warwick, was recognized for starting the Providence Court Buddies summer tennis education program for inner-city youngsters. High school tennis players from surrounding suburbs provide free tennis lessons to children ages 8-12. Tennis racquets and balls, T-shirts and lunches are donated by the U.S. Tennis Association and local groups. Melissa's program is now a regular part of Providence's summer recreation program.