With the economy still struggling, Vince Schmidt has seen how some businesses and corporations have scaled back or stopped their donations to charitable organizations.
Luckily, sponsors have seen the value and viability of the organization Schmidt helped establish, the Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy for Special Needs Individuals, which has been able to thrive despite the tough times.
"A great example of that is one of our corporate sponsors was going through bankruptcy and they had to step aside," Schmidt said. "One of their big rivals contacted us and said 'We've been trying to talk to you about coming in and being a sponsor for five years.' So they stepped up and came through for us.
"We have companies that have a great allegiance to us. Even through the economy is still kind of rough right now; they see enough value in what we do to still want to be a part of it."