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RRTEA Causing a ‘Racquet’ in Riverside Park

June 9, 2008 01:57 PM
Skelley Leads the WayThe River Rock Tennis and Education Association (RRTEA) and USTA Eastern were making a ‘racquet’ in Riverside Park on Saturday, May 24, partnering to build a stronger community one racquet at a time in the Black Rock-Riverside (Buffalo) neighborhood as they hosted a fun-filled Tennis Block Party. The morning began with a free Kids Tennis Carnival followed by a Parent Recreational Tennis workshop. USTA National Trainer Michelle Skelley had everyone engaged in fun games that promote team work and competition.

Sixteen year old Joshua Fox had some reservations about attending the Kids Tennis Carnival at first, but when asked if he had fun, he responded, “It was exciting and I had fun with Tennis Bowling, rallying, and playing with the mini-nets.” Parent Tiffany Bass, who just recently enrolled in beginner tennis lessons, especially liked playing “Wipe Out” with the other parents.

After the Kids Carnival, while the parents were busy in their recreational workshop, many of the young players were engaged in a tennis art project. Among the many drawings was one by Sarah Butt with the caption, “The People who did this tennis are great!”

The day concluded with a Civic Celebrity Doubles Tennis Match featuring Hon. Henry Nowak, Buffalo City Court Judge and Richard Mack, Editor of the Riverside Review challenging New York State Assembly Member Sam Hoyt and Attorney Ken Case. Members of the community cheered on the civic celebrity teams as the players surprised the crowd with some fast serves and heavy hitting at the net. Hoyt and Case came out on top with a 6-2, 6-3 win. After accepting their trophies, Hoyt and Case agreed to defend their title next year, but they had so much fun that Hoyt said “I don’t want to wait an entire year for the next match.” Another Civic Celebrity Match may be scheduled in late August to bring the community together again around the time of the U.S. Open.

Throughout the day there were food concessions provided by Friends of River Rock Tennis along with raffles. River Rock Tennis and Education Association thanks everyone who helped make their Block Party a success with special thanks going out to all volunteers who helped with on court activities and decorating, contributors, civic celebrities, Coach Al Litto, Chair Umpire Earl Tompkins, and USTA Eastern.

Block Party