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Western New York Girls in Sports Opening Event
USTA Eastern took part in the Western New York (WNY) Girls in Sports -- Girls Got Game Opening Event on Saturday, October 23 at the Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse, located adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills.
The Opening Event aims to offer basic skills for a variety of sports to approximately 175 girls ages 9-12. The participants are students from the City of Buffalo Public Schools.
At the event, participants take part in hands-on sport stations as well as receive information focused on good nutrition. The interactive sports stations are coordinated by student athletes from area colleges and universities and by volunteers. Tom LaPenna, a former member of the Western Regional Management Committee, and now the Head Tennis Professional at Sportsplex Tennis Club in North Tonawanda, coordinated the tennis station with assistance from USTA Eastern and Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association (BNCTA) volunteers.
The Girls Got Game program was started in 2006 by Mary Wilson, wife of Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson. Mrs. Wilson has enjoyed a love of sports her entire life and wants to share not only that love of sports, but also the benefits that come with sports and the positive impact sports can have on young girl’s lives.
The tennis station utilized the QuickStart Tennis (QST) format. All of the 175 participants had the opportunity to hit balls with the volunteers and take part in several interactive games.
USTA Eastern has been a proud supporter of the Girls Got Game program since its inception, and we look forward to the next event that will take place in the spring of 2011.