The cultural diversity of one team

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Photo of the 2016 tennis team, courtesy of head coach Tim Smith with his players.

When people think and hear of Marist College, diversity is not always the first aspect that comes to mind. But ever since Tim Smith started head coaching the men’s tennis team he has created a melting pot of sorts since the early 2000’s. It really is something unique to have one of the smallest sport teams have one of the most diverse population on campus.

Many times this fact goes unnoticed on campus, but that doesn’t bother any of the international student-players. Most are thrilled to be playing in the United States so close to one of the largest cities in the world. For some of the players this experience of attending college in the United States is their first time in the country ever.

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Hitting through the heat

Despite the summer season coming to an end next week, it doesn’t seem like Mother Nature seems to care that in Poughkeepsie, NY, September 21 is the beginning oft he fall season. Changing leaf colors, cooler temperatures, pumpkin picking and all the other wonderful Hudson Valley perks occur during this time of the year. At Marist College, September is not usually as hot as the other summer month of the year, but students and staff and community members continue to prepare their days for nearly 90-degree weather and severe humidity.

For the tennis team at Marist College this means staying hydrated, keeping the rally of the tennis ball going and somewhat faking it until they make it to the end of practice. Or at least that’s what the coaches think they are doing to battle the unexpected heat during the third week of college. On such a hot day (nearly 15-degrees above average temperatures) for this time of year, the coaching staff had some tips to playing smart in such conditions. “Preparing before the day, hydrating in the morning before practice is necessary for a successful day,” said head coach Tim Smith. By the time players reach practice they need to have already been drinking water to battle the heat and sun. While the head coach worries about hydration the assistant coach Ron Lane discussed “making sure players take breaks ever 20-30 minutes after intense work outs.”Quick breaks throughout the practices can ensure that no one gets exhausted and keep seach session efficient enough to complete without any serious injuries.