Special to the Register & Bee
Southside Area Tennis Association hosted its second annual summer camp in partnership with the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The camp, held at George Washington High School tennis courts, lasted through Thursday.
More than 20 children were enrolled this summer, many of whom have participated in tennis camps and clinics in the past.
“As we think about the city’s priorities, this is exactly the kind of programming our youth need,” Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones said. “Tennis is not only about athletic ability, but mental ability, too. Our children are learning how to handle the challenges that come with an individual sport while having a great time and making new friends.”
According to Rusty Lovell, a certified United States Tennis Association instructor and director of programming for the Southside group, “The character building aspect of tennis is the most profound benefit of this sport. Tennis is by no means easy to master. Only through great effort and commitment will these kids achieve a high level of proficiency at the sport, just as in the pursuit of life’s most worthwhile ambitions. It is incredibly gratifying to see the joy in our campers’ smiles while on the court, and knowing that they are learning this wonderful sport that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.”
This, and other programs, is made possible through a donation from the Womack Foundation.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Womack Foundation,” Southside Area Tennis Association President Scott Ehrhardt said. “Their grant, and individual investments from community members, makes the lifelong sport of tennis a reality for everyone. We are thrilled to reignite the excitement about tennis in this community, and hope that more players of all ages will join in the fun.”
Southside Area Tennis Association seeks to build character, develop leadership skills and promote active living in the southside area through the instruction and education of tennis. To learn more, visit www.southsideareatennis.org.