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YSCTA and Antioch College

May 30, 2014 Play Day Event for First Graders
By Barb Collins-Stratton, YSCTA Treasurer

You never know what will happen when you put a racquet and ball in the hands of a first grader, as Yellow Springs Community Tennis Association (YSCTA) coaches discovered.  Fun was had by all as the children learned dexterity drills, proper grip of a racquet, basic volleying and rallying, and how to wallop your coach a good one whilst playing dodge ball. What?  Kids will be kids.  Coaches will be kids?  All that fun was exhausting!

Coaches skillfully mixed fun and education by using youth-appropriate drills provided by the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Youth Tennis program. Throughout the event, coaches inspired the children to strive for their personal best.  At the end of the day, each child was presented with a certificate, bracelet, sticker-book and tennis magazine in a ceremony celebrating their participation.  The smiles were priceless.

The YSCTA, and Antioch College, are committed to making events like this possible.  We wish to thank the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and community members who contributed funds for the tennis court restoration project that is underway.   With your support we can keep the tennis courts playable.

Special thanks to:  everyone who participated in this special event; Jim Amick (USTA-Midwest), Dave Engle and Peggy Knasel (OVTA), and Darrin Heinz (Quail Run Racquet Club) for donating equipment for the event; Dorothy Roosevelt, and others at Antioch College, for facilitating; Collin Arment and Jeff Simons for taking such beautiful pictures; and Ruth Lapp for keeping everyone hydrated.