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Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Tennis

A registered Community Tennis Association (CTA) and National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Program, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau offers several programs that allow youth from the area to participate in tennis.

 

This past summer, sixteen sites throughout Oswego County conducted a youth tennis program with the support of the Youth Bureau. In its fourth year, this USTA Eastern sponsored program worked with a total of 1,075 children between the ages of five and twelve.

 

In the summer of 2009, tennis programs were facilitated by three USTA trained Recreational Coaches, Megan Andolina, a summer staff person at the Youth Bureau, and two AmeriCorps members, Leigh Bergman and Jim Evans. All three improved and refreshed their coaching skills by attending a USTA Recreational QuickStart Tennis Workshop in Buffalo at the end of May.

 

Utilizing the QuickStart Tennis method, coaches are able to get the students rallying the ball over the net right away using simple games and activities that are easily understood and promote instant success.

 

At the end of the summer, the Youth Bureau conducted two carnivals, one held on August 1 at Oswego High School, while the other took place on August 18 at Camp Hollis. Stations were setup, including a navigator obstacle course, and prizes were presented to all of the participants.

 

Oswego City-County Youth Bureau began implementing tennis programming back in 2006. Their dedication and commitment to offering quality

 

programs has provided thousands of children with the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis, a game they can continue to play and enjoy for the rest of their lives. It also contributed to the decision by the USTA National Office to award the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau with a Recreational Tennis Grant that will help to fund additional programs in 2010.

 

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