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Family of Former Tennis Coach Contributes $50K for Scoreboard

Image of Les and Cindy RobbinsLes and Cindy Robbins, along with her brother John Hendricks, have donated $50,000 in support of the Gloria and Bob Hendricks Family Scoreboard for tennis at CSULB.

Gloria served as the CSULB women's tennis coach from 1975-80, and Cindy, her daughter, played the sport for the 49ers before graduating in 1974 as an accounting major. Les, Cindy's husband, also a 1974 graduate from CSULB, majored in geography.

"We thought it was a great way to honor Cindy's parents because tennis was such a huge part of their lives, as it was with Cindy," said Les Robbins, who worked in law enforcement and also served as a councilman for a decade in Long Beach's 5th District, representing the city's east side. "At the same time it gives us the opportunity to give back to the university. We believe in giving back. This was just another way to continue doing that."

"The women's tennis project is something that they were committed to supporting from the beginning," said David Benedict, senior associate athletics director for external relations. "When the project was officially approved by the university, they immediately stepped forward and presented the university with a gift. This gift is very special; it not only enhances the new facility but also recognizes a legacy of involvement in our women's tennis program."

The Robbins have been avid supporters of CSULB athletics for more than a decade as were the Hendricks before they passed away -- Bob in December 2006 and Gloria in June 2007.

"The person who got us involved in Long Beach State athletics was (women's volleyball coach) Brian Gimmillaro," said Les. "He invited us to one of their end-of-the-season banquets and we sat next to Bob and Sylvia Maxson because at that time I was a Long Beach city councilman. We were highly impressed with the banquet and the way they did it and the way they honored the kids at the end of the year. We became volleyball fanatics and got on the Jewels of the Night committee. Bob and Gloria became avid women's and men's volleyball fans."

Bob was the long-time coach of the boys' tennis team at Wilson High School while Gloria's only stint as a coach was the five seasons at CSULB, getting the job because she was "in the right place at the right time," according to Les, adding that her experience certainly qualified her to coach.

"Cindy's father was the tennis coach at Wilson High School for about 25 years and both were very avid and active tennis players socially," said Robbins, "and they were very involved in an organization that is still exists today, Long Beach Tennis Patrons. Through that group, they assisted younger people in learning the game and fundraising for junior squads and young kids coming up in the tennis world. They were very much a tennis family and both of them played up until the last few years of their lives."