Tennis players Chrissy Simon and Abigail Roesser spent their summer working to share the sport they love with kids who are struggling in their lives.
The Bronxville High School seniors — best friends since 7th grade — are the founders of Racquets for Life, a charity they started as freshman, along with their younger brothers, Malcolm Roesser and Robby Simon.
The students raised more than $3,000 at an event held at Siwanoy Country Club over the summer and used the proceeds to host a two-week tennis clinic for children with behavioral issues who reside at the ANDRUS residential treatment center.
The fundraiser garnered enough money to provide tennis rackets, tennis balls, portable nets and other supplies for the clinic.
The Yonkers-based ANDRUS organization includes the residential youth program for more than 70 children with emotional and behavioral issues, the Orchard School and clinical services.
The Simon and Roesser siblings worked with as many as 35 kids per day, from ages 6 to 18, teaching the basics of tennis technique as well as teamwork and sportsmanship values. ANDRUS staff provided assistance during the clinic.
ANDRUS has a long-standing relationship with Bronxville High School — the school hosts a holiday party for the children each year and this is where Racquets for Life members first met the kids, they said.
Chrissy plays varsity tennis for Bronxville; Abigail is on the varsity swim team and also plays squash outside of school. They’re heading to their respective colleges next year and will hand off some leadership responsibilities in Racquets for Life to their brothers, who are both sophomores at Bronxville High School. At the same time, the girls intend commit time during summers and vacations to expanding the charity’s reach — by working with other organizations in addition to ANDRUS and even bringing their activities to their college campuses.
For more about them and Racquets for Life, follow them on Twitter and Instragram- @RacquetsforLife.