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"Opportunity, Not Circumstance, Should Determine Destiny"

With its think-positive programs, the Mardy Fish Foundation has become a powerful in local schools.

Mardy Fish holds the blowup of a check for $33,000 presented by Jake Owen, seen with him here at a concert in 2010. While still close friends, the two Vero Beach natives are now holding separate fundraisers.

Mardy Fish holds the blowup of a check for $33,000 presented by Jake Owen, seen with him here at a concert in 2010. While still close friends, the two Vero Beach natives are now holding separate fundraisers.

Even before Mardy Fish’s meteoric rise in the tennis world, he wanted to help disadvantaged kids in his home town realize their dreams. It was his way of saying thank you to a community that had given him a chance to reach for the stars. But what started out as a cool idea between friends has skyrocketed into a district-wide, year-round program impacting more than 2,000 students in Indian River County.

The Mardy Fish Foundation provides after-school programming to children from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, affording them an opportunity to explore the arts, sports and other activities. Its mission is to provide health, fitness and nutrition in after-school programs in a safe environment. First implemented at Pelican Island Elementary School in 2007, the no-cost, low-cost programs are now available at all 13 public elementary schools in the county and at camps throughout the summer.

Read the entire article in November 2012 issue