Tennis clinic receives grant
By Jody O'Hara
Aug 16, 2013, 09:34
The score of this tennis match is love-love.
A love of tennis and the desire to involve a new generation in the sport has resulted in the Stone County Tennis Camp receiving $500 worth of youth equipment from the United States Tennis Association.
"I love this," said Wynn Tennis Center pro Steven Georgian. "It's truly a blessing to Stone County.
"We'll be able to offer some children the opportunity to learn how to play tennis and, hopefully, develop a lifelong passion for the sport."
The grant was secured by Kathryn Lewis for a free clinic to be held 9-11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the center on Fifth Street in Wiggins.
Lewis, Georgian and Wynn Alexander, who built the center, spent Tuesday morning gleefully unpacking youth racquets, oversize youth tennis balls, rule books, racquet tags and a portable tennis net which can be set up most anywhere.
"This is just fantastic," Alexander said.
The grant was awarded to the first 500 organizations to register their event through the USTA.
"A Kid's Tennis Club allows kids to sample tennis in an extracurricular setting through supervised play and interactive activities," said a statement from the USTA. "You'll allow kids to play tennis in a safe, supportive setting so they have fun and want to participate in your future events."
More information about the clinic is available by calling Lewis at 228-697-4505, Georgian at 601-528-1617 or Daisha Walker at 228-669-9747.
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