Courtney Oakes

OAKES: Rangeview’s 24 Hours of Tennis to help shooting victims

Rangeview High School students and others will take to the courts for 24 Hour of Tennis to raise money for victims of the July 20 theater shooting in Aurora.

Boys and girls varsity tennis players and staff from the school will be manning the six courts at Rangeview non-stop from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $20 per party — one person or a whole family — for an hour of court time, which can be used to just play the game or get tips and instruction from Rangeview coaches and players. No equipment is necessary, as there will be balls and a number of extra tennis rackets available. All the courts have lights and will be on all night.

Rangeview girls tennis coach Steve Joiner had a plan for the 24 Hours of Tennis fundraiser for the summer, but it took on a different purpose in the aftermath of the shooting at the Century Aurora 16 theater that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. The tragedy had a big impact on students and family in the Rangeview community, so the team wanted to help meet some of the needs with the funds they raise.

“Once the tragedy happened, we decided to shift focus, especially with the Rangeview community being affected by what happened,” Rangeview boys coach Simon Moorwood said. “Our motivation has shifted gears and there have been a lot of people who have expressed interest in being part of it.”

Several other prep tennis programs in Aurora have helped get the word out on the event.

To participate in 24 Hours of Tennis, print the registration form at http://rangeview.aurorak12.org/ and bring it to the event or mail it to theRangeview High School Tennis Program, 17599 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora CO 80013. Donations will be accepted at that address for non players as well.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at sports@aurorasentinel.com or 303-750-7555

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