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Backyard Sports Brings Tennis to Kids in New Rochelle and White Plains

September 13, 2012 10:00 AM
Backyard Sports, a USTA Eastern member organization, returned to White Plains and New Rochelle, to teach tennis to children in camp.
In New Rochelle, the organization taught 45 children, ages 7-12, from as part of the Camp Shape, held for four weeks during July. The program was led by Peter Nestel, the Men's Varsity Coach at Purchase College, and eight college and high school tennis players from the Scarsdale and the Purchase College community. 
The campers were taught by age and ability. The younger and inexperienced children were taught 10 and Under Tennis.  The more advanced kids received instruction and participated in competitive group play. 
Click here to view a video of the program from last year.
At the White Plains Bits and Pieces Tennis Camp, over 125 children learned 10 and Under Tennis as part of a collaboration between Backyard Sports, USTA Eastern, and the White Plains Youth Bureau. Many of the children were exposed to tennis for the first time.  Two instructors from the Purchase College Men's tennis teams spent about 40 hours this summer working with the children.  They engaged in basic skill instruction and participated in many of the creative (10 and Under Tennis) games.