BRADENTON — State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota may field its first women’s tennis team if trustees approve a plan outlined today.
The plan calls for hiring a part-time coach to run the program. It would provide eight scholarships to students covering a year’s worth of tuition, fees and books, and three of the five students would also get free meals, officials said.
SCF President Lars Hafner told the board that, due to the strong interest in tennis in the area, he thought much of the $49,560 annual budget could be raised from private donations earmarked specifically for tennis.
The program would be financed half by money raised specifically for tennis by the SCF Foundation, which provides financial support to the college, and half from the Student Activities Budget, which requires that a student board also approve the idea, officials said.
Board members meeting today at the college’s Bradenton campus sought more information about the program, delaying a vote on the plan until their meeting next month.
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