DI's Drew Bobey honored with 'Sylvia Huskey Spirit Award' during VCO
She’s played tennis, coached tennis and served as a tennis volunteer. Ask 18-year-old Drew Bobey of Daniel Island what she does in her spare time, and she just might mention tennis.
The Bishop England senior has played on two state championship teams, coached rising tennis players from age 4 to adults and served on the ball crew of the Volvo Car Open for 12 of the 17 years it has been played on Daniel Island.
Her dedication paid dividends last week when she was honored during a ceremony when officials presented her with a “Sylvia Huskey Spirit Award” on the Billie Jean King Court of the Volvo Car Open Stadium.
The award is given in honor of Huskey, who passed away two years ago and had ties to the tennis tournament and Dragon Boat of Charleston. Huskey was a cancer survivor who was a co-chairperson of the VCO ball crew. She also was involved in other community events.
The award is given to a member of the ball crew who demonstrates leadership, consistent dedication, motivation and a positive attitude on and off the court and also serves the community.
“That was a huge honor,” Bobey said. “It was really amazing. This was my 12th year as a volunteer with the ball kids. I have served as a ball person and a court monitor. I’ve loved every moment of it.”
Bobey has been playing tennis since she was 4 years old, and one of her biggest tennis memories is playing on two state championship teams at BE. While most players and fans focus on the individual aspect of tennis, she relishes the team aspect.
“I love playing for a team,” says Bobey, who also competes in some of the local and regional tourneys. “It’s really, really fun working together, and I get super excited when that last match (at the state tournament) nears completion and we get to celebrate because that is something we have worked together to achieve.”
Bobey, who is ranked No. 24 in the state in the 18-year-old classification, coaches tennis at the I’On Club in Mount Pleasant. She gives pointers to students to help them refine their serve and sharpen their tennis strokes. She also shares her love for the sport, which includes serving on the ball crew.
The ball crew volunteers are a very important part of the Volvo Car Open. Players and officials rely on the crew to keep the flow of the match going. Volunteers have to go through rigorous training and practice in order to be the very best when matches begin. You know you are doing a good job when you are hardly noticed on court.
Bobey enjoys watching and working with the professionals on the WTA Tour. One of her favorite players is Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a player who interacts and inspires the young volunteers.
Bobey’s free time is tennis. School is first, and she has the grades to prove it with a 4.3 GPA on Bishop England’s weighted scale. She’s in many organizations including the Senior Board and the Ambassador’s Club, which is a group that helps ease the transition for new students at Bishop England. She also is the president and founder of the BE Marine and Biology Club.
She plans to matriculate to Providence, R.I. and attend Johnson & Wales University, where she will play tennis. While many think of food when J&W is mentioned, only 12 percent of the classes on the Providence campus involve culinary careers. Need proof? She’s planning a career in biology or business.
“At first, I didn’t think I wanted to go there because it gets too cold in the North,” Bobey said. “But I fell in love with the campus, the coaches and the team.”
Two other VCO ball crew members also earned a “Sylvia Huskey Spirit Award” at last week’s VCO: Morgan Roddy and Ava Kusmider.