• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

Large crowd attends Kentucky Bank tennis clinic

MORE THAN 60 KIDS attended the Kentucky Bank youth tennis camp at Falling Springs July 17. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships are held annually at the University of Kentucky Boone Tennis Complex. In the weeks leading up to the championships, the crew at Lexington Tennis Club travel to neighboring communities offering free clinics to introduce kids to the game of tennis. On Tuesday, July 17, LTC made a stop at Falling Springs tennis courts for a free clinic that was attended by over 60 kids. The youngsters were taught proper stretching, running drills and finally, they hit some balls and played games.

"An evening like this is special because it allows kids to try something for free with no commitment," said Woodford County Parks and Recreation Director Rainey Johns. "When kids are exposed to a game for the first time, there is no telling if they will enjoy it or not, and this was an easy way to get a racquet in a kids hand and allow them to experience the game." At the conclusion of the clinic, each participant lined up to pick something from a treasure box and Johns spoke to the kids about the importance of having fun and learning new things.

"Events like this give us an opportunity to come into communities and talk to the kids about tennis and introduce them a game that they can play for a lifetime," said Kentucky Bank Championships Tournament Director Brooks Lundy. "We would love to spark an interest in some kids and maybe get them to come to watch the tournament and fall in love with the game. The United States Tennis Association is doing a great job helping communities who are willing to host tennis programs because it's important to get this next generation on board with this game."

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