AHS, Cooper play tennis with first responders

January 27th, 2018 - The Abilene High School and Cooper High School tennis programs teamed up Saturday with first responders from the Abilene Police and Fire Departments.

In a friendly tennis match to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Cougars played with members of the police force, while the Eagles matched up with the firefighters. Although the groups are typically rivals, they came together to fight for a good cause Saturday afternoon.

Abilene High tennis coach Daniel Olivares said, "The people that help us out the most in the community, as far as the firemen and the policemen, it's great to see them out here having a good time. This is for the Hurricane Harvey relief fund down in Houston, and I'm from Houston, so it means a lot to me."

Abilene Fire Department Chief Larry Bell said "Sometimes we all get lost in our own worlds, and so to see what others do in the community, I think it's a big help. We're all part of the community and it's important for us to be together and work together and play together."

Cooper Cougar senior tennis player Arin Massey said, "It's actually really important to be able to put aside the rivalries and be able to just connect over something and try to do some good for the Hurricane Harvey victims, It's awesome that we're able to come together for something like this to help."

Cooper High and Abilene High plan to make this an annual fundraising event. Next year, the teams will switch playing with the other departments.

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