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March 20, 2014

Group aims to get kids into tennis

NEW CASTLE — Although its courts and racquets are smaller, a New Castle-based group wants to serve a big interest in youth tennis.

Flywheel Sports will be presenting the Rally Alley Tennis Club play day at 9 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God, 2021 Pulaski Road. The cost is $10 per participant.

The event allows children to participate in a low-pressure setting so they can transition to team tennis and tournaments, according to Flywheel’s executive director Tyrone Rice.

“The goal is to bring youth tennis to the community,” said Rice, a 1991 New Castle High graduate. “This is the event that tells the community we’re here.”

Tennis clinics have taken place at George Washington Intermediate School. Adult and student volunteers assist Rice, who is a certified associate instructor for children ages 10 and under. With a grant provided by the United States Tennis Association, Rice purchased racquets and additional equipment for the program.

“It’s a pretty large undertaking,” Rice said.

In addition to play days and school instruction, the Rally Alley Tennis Club will offer the National Junior Tennis and Learning Program, kids tennis clubs, National Junior Team tennis, and parks and recreation events.

For more information on Saturday’s play day or the Rally Alley Tennis Club program, contact Rice at (724) 498-7516 or flywheelsbyd@gmail.com.

 

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