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Paraglide: Tennis clinic visits Fort Bragg

“It’s changed my life.”

Kimberly Gillespie, Family member, said she was looking for a hobby when she attended a Boots on the Court tennis clinic at Fort Bragg two years ago. Since then, Gillespie has dived head first into the sport she calls a “game-changer.”

“It’s made me healthy, I’ve lost weight, and I’ve met people,” she said.

Giving back to service members and their Families is the reason Dick and Liz Stockton started Boots on the Court five years ago.

“We wanted to thank our military and their Families for the sacrifices they make for the rest of us, and we do that through tennis,” Stockton said.

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Joel Drucker: ‘Boots on the Court’ Brings Tennis to Military Bases

When you think of a military base, order and discipline are the typical watchwords. Subdued and organized as these venues can be, they are of course focused on serious business.

But there surely must be the occasional counterbalance, a chance for those on the base and the greater community to unwind. And why not bring tennis into the mix?

Enter The Blue Sky Foundation. Headed by former pro Dick Stockton, the Blue Sky Foundation is a non-profit organization that draws on the power of tennis to conduct charity events throughout the world. One of the foundation’s major initiatives is called “Boots on the Court,” Stockton and his colleagues staging tennis events at military bases.

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Congressional Record – Extensions of Remarks, June 7, 2016

RECOGNIZING THE BLUE SKY FOUNDATION
HON. LAMAR SMITH OF TEXAS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize the Blue Sky Foundation and their President and Executive Director, Dick Stockton, on behalf of the work they are doing for our nation’s veterans and service members. Drawing on his background in tennis, Mr. Stockton started a program within the Blue Sky Foundation called Thanking our Troops through Tennis or ‘‘T3’’. The idea behind the program was to thank the members of the United States Military and their families for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis, using the game of tennis as the vehicle to do so. Blue Sky has been taking the T3 program to various military bases over the last four years and has offered free tennis clinics to active personnel, spouses, children, Veterans and Wounded Warriors. The program has been well received, averaging 100 participants per event. Since July of 2013, Blue Sky Foundation has hosted seventeen events at different bases around the country, including Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, Camp Lejeune, Randolph Air Force Base and Fort Jackson, among others. It has been a successful program and has the ability to continue to grow and benefit many more members of the military and their families. In appreciation of all they have done, Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in thanking them for their efforts.

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Bill Macom Volunteers at Boots on the Court in Tampa

Florida Tech Athletics

Monday, January 4, 2016

Panther head coach donates time to military families at MacDill AirForce Base

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s & Women’s Tennis) – On Dec. 5 head men’s and women’s tennis coach Bill Macom took some time during a recent recruiting trip to volunteer at MacDill AirForce Base in Tampa, Florida.

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Former tennis star Dick Stockton brings free T3 tennis clinics for troops and families to JU March 27-28

THE WAVE
Jacksonville University News Hub

March 9th, 2015

They’re all talking about Thanking our Troops through Tennis (T3), a free event for active-duty, veterans, Wounded Warriors and their families founded by former American tennis star Dick Stockton and his wife, Liz, and coming to Jacksonville University March 27-28. Their son, Spencer Stockton, is a JU freshman, Sport Business major and member of the JU Dolphins baseball team.

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Inside Tennis with the Koz

Many thanks to Dave Kozlowski (the ‘Koz’), his lovely wife, Carolyn, and Bob Gray for joining us at MacDill Air Force Base for our recent T3 event.  Here is the video that they created for us.  Look for the Koz on ‘Inside Tennis with the Koz’.  He’s the best!

Heart of the Game: John Fernandez

John Fernandez, a participant in T3’s Jacksonville University clinic for wounded warriors, is featured on First Coast News. See the video below.