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University of New Hampshire's Rice Changes Paths

By: KRISTEN DALEY

Sarah Rice Forehand (300)
Sarah Rice, president of the University of
New Hampshire Club Tennis Team,
changed her major to Recreation
Management and Policy after starting the
club and working on the New England
Tennis On Campus Series.
Initiative and determination under pressure are huge attributes on the tennis court. Off the court, the same is just as true, and tennis players at the University of New Hampshire know first hand how initiative and determination can take a bad situation and make it great.


Spurred to action by UNH’s decision to cut its Division I mens’ and womens’ tennis team (click here for collegiate varsity tennis advocacy information), Senior Sarah Rice, 21, and fellow teammates formed the University of New Hampshire Club Tennis Team with the help of their coach and Campus Recreation department. “It’s just such a great outlet for me to be social, and just the fact that I can continue playing, it’s so great,” says Rice, club president and team co-captain. “I still really need the competition.”

While its first season of matches were against varsity teams, before long the team was competing against club teams from schools across the northeast in the New England Tennis On Campus Series. And the experience of organizing the team and a league kick-off tournament led Rice on a new career path. Once a Family Studies major with a goal of becoming a teacher, Rice changed her major to Recreation Management and Policy. “When the club team started, and the league started, I had so much responsibility,” she says. “I loved what I was doing.”

University of New Hampshire Club Tennis Team (300)
The University of New Hampshire Club Tennis Team takes a
break from play on a crisp fall afternoon.
Those experiences helped Rice earn an internship with the Connecticut Sports Management Group, working on the Nutmeg State Games, a multi-sport festival for Connecticut’s amateur athletes. “Her starting the club was definitely impressive to us,” says Patrick Fisher, Associate Director of the CSMG. “Any experience that an intern may have that can help us is obviously one of the first things we look for.”

“If a student has leadership skills enough to organize and run a club team, it really helps them in their personal lives when they’re out there looking for a job,” says Deirdre McCormack, Director of Community Tennis for USTA New England. “I think being able to take on a task like this, it really teaches a student a lot of valuable skills about advocacy and leadership.”


For more information on:

    • University of New Hampshire Club Tennis Team

    • New England Tennis On Campus Series

    • Collegiate Varsity Tennis Advocacy

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