Playing it forward

DHS tennis team raises money for no-cut policy

Playing it forward

Danika Siver

It was a radiant 75 degree afternoon of non stop tennis at the Play it Forward event at Agnes Scott on Sunday, March 14th. The Decatur team assisted younger kids learn tennis through a variety of games and drills to raise funds to accommodate its growth this season.

“I employed a “no-cuts” philosophy this year when holding tennis tryouts for the high school team,” Decatur tennis team coach and teacher Blair Rotolsky said. “I saw so many kids who didn’t have much experience, but were so excited about playing tennis.”

This gave anyone who wished to join the opportunity to learn, regardless of their background with the sport. However, the influx of people this season incurred more costs than previous years.

The team collectively decided to hold a fundraiser, including drop-in lessons and doubles matches with a joint bake sale and raffle.

“The best part of the Play It Forward event was watching our DHS tennis team teach tennis to the little kids in our community with fun games and drills,” Rotolsky said. Kids who had never picked up a racquet before were excitedly serving and hitting forehand tennis balls.


“Their parents were so impressed with how great the high school team worked with their children, they asked us to do this more often,” she said.

After the kids went home, twelve doubles teams, consisting of a team member and a partner, played matches against another until the day concluded.

The tennis team raised $690 total from the Play it Forward fundraiser and the donations from numerous sponsors.


  • Big Peach Running Co
  • Little Shop of Stories
  • Feather Baby
  • Java Monkey
  • Brickstore Pub
  • Serious Tennis
  • Universal Tennis Academy
  • Vance Exley Tennis
  • Chiropractic for Everybody, Stephanie O’Brien
  • FitWit

In the words of Coach Rotolsky, “I think the reason it was such a success is because the Decatur community recognizes that getting everyone involved is what makes Decatur such a great place to live, work, and go to school.”