CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s tennis team is taking its first-ever international trip in August prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. The team will spend 10 days in Cape Town, and one day in Johannesburg training and will tour sites such as Robbins Island, Cape of Good Hope, Entebeni Game Reserve, and the South African Museum. The squad will also participate in community service activities with local tennis programs and compete against the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.
Funding for the trip has come primarily from HRFWA funds and hard work by the team during the year. Harvard’s fundraising efforts included conducting tennis clinics, running concession stands during lacrosse and soccer games, and other fundraising projects. To get ready for the trip, the team has studied a bit of South African history and read recommended literature including Cry, The Beloved Country.
Through the Harvard Alumni Association, women’s tennis has linked up with the Harvard Club of South Africa and is planning an alumni event with local Harvard alums living in Cape Town during the 10-day tour.
Head coach Traci Green has developed the team’s schedule and itinerary and says, “I am looking forward to a great trip filled with new experiences for all of us. We are lucky to have such a supportive alumni group in South Africa as well. South Africa has a very powerful history, not to mention top-notch tennis. We are particularly excited about combining great training and bonding for our fall season with meaningful tennis related community service.”
Team members will be posting blogs during the trip that will appear on GoCrimson.com. Harvard tennis fans can also follow the team during its trip to South Africa via the team’s official twitter handle: @OfficialHWT.