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Frog Aides plans to serve the Fort Worth community through pickleball

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A Frog Aides poster promotes “Pickleball With a Purpose” that will be held at the outdoor tennis courts on April 5. (Photo courtesy of Frog Aides)

Frog Aides and the TCU Pickleball Club are sponsoring a tournament where generosity is a requirement for entry.

Students can donate clothing or school supplies to play in the “Pickleball With a Purpose” tournament, which will support the Fort Worth HOPE Center.

Teams must drop off an item in one of the donation boxes stationed in residence halls starting April 1 or at the event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 5.

Students must show photographic proof of donations to register.

The Fort Worth HOPE Center distributes food and essentials to residents in Dallas/Fort Worth’s low-income communities.

It also provides avenues for job certifications and training, educational opportunities and assistance with job placements.

“The Fort Worth HOPE Center is dedicated to supporting and serving the city,” said Sydney Thomas, the Frog Aides’ assistant director of marketing and media. “[Frog Aides] wants to do what we can to support their efforts.”

Pickleball is a popular sport among TCU’s student body, Thomas said, and Frog Aides is aiming to combine the sport with community service.

“By playing in the tournament for fun prizes and then donating to a great cause, we can come together to make others in our surrounding community feel loved,” said Viv Blakeley, the co-director of the 2027 Frog Aides cohort.

Members of Frog Aides’ 2027 cohort are excited to serve the HOPE Center and help meet the essential needs of families in Tarrant County, Thomas said.

“Not only are we creating meaningful interactions among TCU students, but we are working to support those afflicted with poverty and increase awareness,” Kylie Elam, a first-year nursing major and member of the 2027 cohort, said.

 

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Students can find more information on the tournament here.

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