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A second chance on the court

Shaker tennis standout teaches sport to at-risk youth

Shannon Mukerji, right, teaches tennis to at-risk youth as a part of Project Safe.

Shannon Mukerji, right, teaches tennis to at-risk youth as a part of Project Safe.

The at-risk youth Mukerji instructs are recommended for the program by guidance counselors and teachers. Most of the participants are in middle school, and the program helps to keep them away from drugs and gangs.

“Being able to teach anything to these students is a bonus, and we get to play tennis,” said Mukerji. “One of the students that graduated the program wants to go to HVCC and then pursue a career as a cardiovascular doctor. It’s really rewarding to see how much the program helps.”

Her charitable work doesn’t end there. Mukerji, who also dabbles in photography, makes gift cards that are sold at Fly Boutique in Newton Plaza. The boutique gives Mukerji all the proceeds, which she uses to buy pizza for the students in the tennis program.

Mukerji, who also enjoys playing the violin, shopping and visiting New York City, will attend Dartmouth College in the fall to study economics and said she will probably continue playing tennis.

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