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Hundreds Make First Volley at ‘Tennis in the Streets’

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Christy Fleming
Christy Fleming
The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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Some 900 kids in Wilmington enjoyed tennis — many for the first time — at the USPTA’s annual “Tennis in the Streets” last Friday. Virtually every tennis pro in the Wilmington area — some 30 in all — cleared their calendars to come out and feed balls to youngsters, give them stroke instruction, and to give back to their community. Twelve mini nets were erected on Market Street in Rodney Square, and low compression tennis balls were used for the first time with a grant from the USTA. “It made a huge difference to have the larger red and yellow balls,” said USPTA Delaware District President Jackie Roe. “The kids had greater success and more fun playing with a ball that was appropriate for their age.”

Tennis in the Streets partners include USTA, Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association (RSTTA), Horizon Services, and Wilmington Parks & Rec, which threw a big party out on Rodney Square with a DJ, dancing, moon bounces and a bar-be-cue lunch. RSTTA plans to offer summer tennis camp scholarships to some of the kids who participated in the event.

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