Wiedmer: Voges has a fatherly fun style

When McCallie School's tennis campers reached the courts Friday morning, they came face-to-face with a snow cone machine, which signaled the start of Snow Cone Friday.

That tasty surprise had been preceded by Starburst Wednesday, as well as McCallie coach Eric Voges' homework assignment calling for campers to learn lines from the Dr. Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat."

"Eric makes it fun," said University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis coach Jeff Clark, who starred for Voges at McCallie and has sent two of his own children -- Peter (8) and Caroline (5) -- to the camp.

"He never stops learning new ways to excite and challenge kids, and he's continued (late McCallie coaching legend) John Strang's legacy of using tennis as a vehicle to show love and guidance to young people."