Nash Central senior Kaley Price combined her love of tennis with personal stories to help make a difference Saturday morning.
As part of her senior capstone project, Price organized the “Serve for a Cure” doubles tennis tournament at Nash Central High School.
Fifteen teams participated in the tournament, which raised money for the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Cancer Center.
A grandmother of Price’s, Phyllis Shelton, died from lung cancer a few years ago.
Rocky Mount High graduate, Holly Fryar, a friend of Price’s, has been battling cancer for a few a years.
“It was important to me because I understood it personally,” Price said. “It’s close to my heart.”
The tournament was open to any player who wished to participate. Price said the youngest players were middle school students, while the oldest was a 71-year-old who played with his grandson.
Players in the field also included student-athletes from Nash Central, Northern Nash and Southern Nash.
Price designed T-shirts for the tournament and had them printed. She advertised the tournament on Facebook, and her parents spread the news by word of mouth.
Although Price has not counted up the total that will be donated to the Lineberger Center, she was confident that the amount will be helpful.
Players paid $25 as an entry fee, and T-shirt and concessions money along with donations will be added to the final total.
“It was really great,” Price said. “I’m glad I had their support. I would not have been able to do the tournament by myself without the help of participants.”
Price began her senior capstone by writing a paper on pediatric cancer and the effects it has on individuals, family members and friends.
Price, who in the past has shared the Telegram’s All-Area Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year award with her sister, Randi, is Nash Central’s No. 1 singles player this season.
Randi Price currently plays at Barton, and while Kaley has not yet settled on a school, she has a vague idea of a career she wants to pursue.
“I want to go into the medical field,” Price said. “I haven’t decided exactly what. Maybe a nurse practitioner or a radiologist.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org