MARTIN, Tenn. – Representatives from the Paris, Tenn. police department recently visited the James C. Henson Tennis Center to graciously receive several dozen used balls donated from the University of Tennessee at Martin tennis team.
All eight members of the Skyhawk tennis squad were in attendance and even found time to play with the two K-9 dogs, Stryker (a Belgium shepherd) and Droid (a German shepherd). The Paris police department uses the worn-out tennis balls to help train the K-9’s, who went through an attack demonstration for the team.
“We recycle our older tennis balls to several local organizations,” Skyhawk head coach Dennis Taylor said. “We have taken them to nursing homes to use on their rollers and schools to put on the bottom of their desks. We are always happy to help out in any way we can.”
The Skyhawks return to action on Sunday, Feb. 16 against Central Arkansas with the home opener set for Sunday, March 22 against Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky.