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Tennis Pro Teaches Tennis at White House

April 16, 2012 02:53 PM
Simon Gale and Chris Evert
Teaching 10 and Under tennis at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll might seem like the ultimate experience for a tennis pro.
 
That is, unless you are Simon Gale, General Manager of Yonkers Tennis Center, and you could actually do a little better.
 
"At one point the President was on the court with us hitting balls with Chris Evert and some of the kids," said Gale, one of eight national 10 and Under trainers invited by the USTA to teach at the annual event. "Can you imagine what those kids are saying at school this week?! Tennis has taken me to some cool places, and this is the coolest so far!"
 
This is the third consecutive year that the USTA has partnered with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the annual event, which attracts more than 30,000 people for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.
 
All of the activities encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, which is a central part of the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.
 
Current and former tennis stars, including Andy Roddick, Chris Evert, Michael Chang, Christina McHale, Jack Sock, Vania King, Katrina Adams, Taylor Dent and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were also on-hand throughout the day, coaching and working with children with the 10 and Under Tennis on-court activities.
 
The kids, ages 3 to 12, played on a 36-foot court with foam balls and rotated to a new station  every three minutes.
 
"We focused on making it fun and doing game-based exercises that got them playing right away," said Gale. "Kids who had never picked up a racquet were rallying quickly and seeing what tennis was all about."
 
To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll, visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.
 
You can also check out the the National Park Foundation at www.nationalparks.org and learn more about 10 and Under Tennis programs in your area by visiting www.10andUnderTennis.com.
 

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