‘Glasgow Strong’ movement hopefully renews sport of tennis

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C-SD Girls Varsity Tennis coach, Sandy Woolfolk with Glasgow Strong sign located at Glasgow Tennis Complex in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — A new movement has hit Cambridge this spring to spark a renewed interest in the sport of tennis; it’s titled “Glasgow Strong.” Sandy Woolfolk, new girls’ tennis coach at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School has been busy working collaboratively with Dorchester Parks and Recreation and the James G. Busick Tennis Foundation to kick off the large “Glasgow Strong” campaign.

When asked what “Glasgow Strong” means, she explains, “In previous years, tennis was huge here. The high school’s team was strong winning district and state titles many years. Cambridge tennis was a threat to most teams in the Bayside Conference. This went on for years. Glasgow tennis courts were always a source of pride for hundreds of kids as they hit with youth programs, summer camps, and high school.  Tennis in Cambridge was legendary, even with tales of the ‘ghosts of Glasgow,’ meaning some really strong coaches and players over the years. We had families with every child playing the sport; it was just magnificent and tennis was the focal point for many families, and even generations!”

Many communities throughout our country experience surges in the sport and interest is often cyclic. There are several factors that influence these ups and downs, such as feeder programs, other sports that may conflict during the spring, and coaching staff. At one time, summer camps run by former coach Bill Busick, attracted well over 100 kids of all ages. Ms. Woolfolk explained, “these camps still exist thank goodness, under the very strong leadership of former C-SD player Mohammed Dajani, currently a teacher in Dorchester County. It is my hope that attendance at the summer camps will only increase, along with the interest sparked by the ‘Glasgow Strong’ movement. I’m hoping that each little event that the James G. Busick Tennis Foundation plans, will snowball into a resurgence of tennis in our community. The only way to become ‘Glasgow Strong’ again is to beef up the feeder programs.” This summer, the plan is to continue holding the camp at Glasgow, along with small group private Pee Wee Tennis lessons.

Driving down Glasgow Street, one can’t help but notice the 8’ x 4’ foot sign that was created by Mid-Shore Graphics in Cambridge. Former alumni and owner of the graphic design company, Jason Warfield, couldn’t wait to get started designing the “Glasgow Strong” sign and making it. The sign was erected the next day by the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Director Scott Eberspacher and his crew.

The James G. Busick Tennis Foundation is sponsoring a “Glasgow Tennis Play Day and Festival” on March 26 from 10 am until 1 pm at the Glasgow Street tennis complex.  Former coach, Bill Busick is coming from his home in Vermont and will be present hoping to see and hit with some players and friends. Former girls’ coach, Jackie Wood will also be present with hopes of visiting with her former players from the past. D.J. Bruce McWilliams will be providing music and some of C-SD’s current players who happen to be artists will be providing face painting for children.  The event is free and people are urged to get out their racquets and bring them for fun, pick up tennis games.

The James G. Busick Foundation is supporting the “Glasgow Strong” campaign to help increase interest in tennis, as well as raising money to resurface all 10 tennis courts in the fall. The original plan was to resurface the middle four courts, but with tennis on the rise and the “Glasgow Strong” campaign moving forward, Ms. Woolfolk says, “it only makes sense to resurface all 10 at once. The Glasgow Tennis Complex is one of the nicest tennis facilities on the Eastern Shore and it’s important that it is kept in good condition to continue to attract tennis players from other communities.”

Recently, the Glasgow complex sponsored a gigantic invitational tennis tournament for high school players from the Delmarva Peninsula, the Western Shore of Maryland, and from as far away as Richmond, Va. If you are a former tennis player of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, or just a person who loves the sport, bring your family and come to Glasgow courts on March 26 to support the foundation and the movement of “Glasgow Strong.”

For more information, contact Sandy Woolfolk at 410-228-9224 Ext. 1750 or e-mail:  woolfolks@dpcms.org

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