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For Jordan Pickett, Tennis Rackets Are a Gift of a Lifetime

For Jordan Pickett, Tennis Rackets Are a Gift of a Lifetime

Teen Jordan Pickett restrings and restores tennis rackets for disadvantaged youth. (David Molina/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 13 July 2018 05:34 PM

Teen tennis player Jordan Pickett is donating tennis rackets to kids in need.

Pickett, 17, of Clovis, California, loves the game and wants to see others enjoy it as well. But she’s also aware that it can be somewhat expensive to play. She wants to remove the cost factor from the equation to open it up to others.

"Tennis has a country club stereotype," the Clovis North varsity tennis player told The Fresno Bee. "A lot of people think that if you aren't a member at a country club that you can't play tennis because you don't have access to the courts or the facilities or anything."

And then you have to plug in the cost of the equipment —that’s where she comes in.

"Tennis rackets are not just a basketball that are $10 and you use it for years and years and years. As you grow with the sport, you have to get new rackets and they're pretty expensive."

Jordan’s goal is to put a stop to that — one racket at a time. So far she’s collected about 60 rackets, along with grips and racket strings.

She wants to give those and others she can collect to kids from disadvantaged families who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

Jordan started a campaign to facilitate her quest, "Raise a Racquet," which isn’t a school project — it’s more a labor of love for her.

And that “labor of love” can be time-consuming. She was busy restringing 16 rackets when she was interviewed by The Fresno Bee. Each one takes from 45 minutes to an hour, a process she learned from a friend and fellow Clovis North varsity tennis player.

Not all the rackets will be given to individual budding players. She intends to present many of them to area youth groups, such as West Fresno’s Inspiration Park Boys & Girls Club.

"I love the sport. I can't get enough of it. I spend hours every day out there playing tennis and I think every kid should have an outlet, and tennis is a great one."

It's an outlet that can last a lifetime,” Jordan said.

Jordan’s efforts earned her the admiration of Clovis North tennis coach Bryan Juinio.

"She's quiet. If she has something to say, she'll say it. She's real sweet but she's a go-getter for sure. It's just hard to describe," Juinio told The Fresno Bee. "You talk to her and think she just goes with the flow, but she takes the initiative and gets things done."

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