FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood tennis team will be holding court for 48 straight hours, taking on all comers to help raise some funds for equipment, uniforms and travel expenses.
The tennis marathon begins 4 p.m. Friday at the Friendswood High School tennis courts, where members of the team will be posted to take on any patron of the event for cash donation until 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Honestly, the most fun times to be out there are crazy times in the middle of the night,” Mustangs head tennis coach David Cook said. “Midnight to 8 a.m., that’s the one the kids want to sign up for first. It’s cooler, obviously, but it’s also kind of fun because you don’t usually play tennis at 3 in the morning.”
Cook added that members of the community not necessarily interested in a tennis match are still encouraged and welcome to come out to the courts to show their support for the young athletes and regale in the festivities.
“You can come challenge the kids on the team, if that’s something that would be interesting to you, or you can just come up and bring your brother or your neighbor or something,” Cook said.
The event features a silent auction with big-ticket items such as a private jet package or more reasonably priced ones such as gift certificates to local restaurants. Snacks and drinks also will be sold during the event.
Another attraction will be the Bay Area Racquet Club holding a free clinic for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Event sponsorships are another source of funds for the team’s fundraiser.
In total, Cook said the tennis marathon typically nets the team about $13,000, and he said it appears this year’s is on pace to do the same. The silent auction, alone, is usually responsible for roughly 40 percent of the funds raised, Cook said.
Cook said the 48-hour tennis marathon, which is held every two years, has been a Friendswood tradition for nearly 20 years and was started by former head coach and current assistant Eric LeBlanc after he heard about a similar tennis fundraiser.
For information about the tennis marathon, contact Cook at 832-452-3598.
At a glance
WHAT: 48-hour Friendswood tennis marathon fundraiser
WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Friendswood High School tennis courts, 702 Greenbriar Drive
INFO: Contact coach David Cook, 832-452-3598