WOONSOCKET — Forget the 10-minute drive to the High Ridge courts in Lincoln. Mount St. Charles only had to walk across Logee Street and step onto its brand new six-court complex for its Injury Fund Tennis Challenge.
Joined by the teams from La Salle Academy, the Prout School, and the Wheeler School, as well as a large gathering of fans and alumni, the Mounties, head coach Marissa Pitrone-Marsh, and athletic director and former coach Richard Lawrence conducted a small ceremony opening the courts on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon.
The highlight of the ceremony was the proceeds from the event’s t-shirt drive, which saw each player purchase a t-shirt for $10 and the proceeds go toward the Brain Injury Association and the Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group.
The event also celebrated the recovery of Michael Bardellini, who was involved in a serious automobile accident in Henderson, Nev. and recovered from brain surgery. Bardellini was on hand to thank the players for their contributions and give a motivational speech during the ceremony.
Bardellini, a fitness trainer, has a motivational clothing line called ‘B Fit Forever’, and the logo was on the t-shirt that the players purchased.
Each team played a doubleheader, with the opening 4:15 p.m. matches pitting Mount against Prout and La Salle facing Wheeler, and the nightcap featuring Mount taking on La Salle and Wheeler playing Prout.
Each match consisted of four singles matches and two doubles matches, and each player and doubles team played just one four-game set.
Each player also brought a food item to share with their teammates and the players from other teams at a small picnic located on the portion of the school’s upper field that is used for baseball games.