Tennis

USTA SC hopes to expand game in Hispanic community

USTA South Carolina, eager to welcome more Hispanic adults and children to the lifelong sport of tennis, will host a special play day for the Hispanic community of the Midlands later this month.

All are welcome at the tennis play day, which will take place from 2-4 p.m. March 20 at the Lexington County Tennis Complex, and no equipment is necessary. USTA South Carolina will have racquets and balls available.

The event also will serve as a special overture to the area’s Hispanic community.

USTA South Carolina will have Spanish-speaking tennis coaches and volunteers who will be ready to help kids and adults learn how to play tennis. The coaches, along with USTA SC staff members and volunteers, will lead fun games for players of all skill levels. Everyone will have the opportunity to win door prizes, such as a tennis starter kit, enjoy free food and receive a free “Tenis para Todos” T-shirt.

“We will have so many fun and laid-back tennis opportunities for kids and adults to enjoy,” said Abby Galbreath, USTA South Carolina community development coordinator. “Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never watched tennis or played 10 years ago but haven’t touched a racquet since. Come out, get some exercise and enjoy tennis.”

The play day is part of a national initiative led by USTA President and CEO Katrina Adams. Adams took over in January 2015.

To register for the event and ensure you receive the correct T-shirt size, go to sctennis.com/ tenisparatodos.

Transportation to the event also will be available if you live in the Richland County School District Two attendance area. Email Galbreath, galbreath@sctennis.com, or call 800-644-7282, for details.

SOCIAL TENNIS LEAGUE RETURNS

USTA South Carolina’s innovative tennis league for young professionals, “Serve. Rally. Pour.”, will have a second season in Columbia this spring. And before the season starts, there will be free tennis clinics for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Go to sctennis.com/srp to learn more and register today.

Hispanic Play Day

WHY: To welcome the Midlands Hispanic community to tennis.

WHEN: 2-4 p.m., March 20

WHERE: Lexington County Tennis Complex, 425 Oak Drive

INFO: Register at sctennis.com/ tenisparatodos

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