The public is welcomed to participate in the Summit Family YMCA’s ‘Why It Matters” Memorial Day tennis event on Monday to help support its efforts with youth tennis programs in community schools.
The local YMCA facility currently hosts its “Your First Serve” program which provides free tennis lessons, rackets and T-shirts to Title I schools in Coweta County.
“Your First Serve” tennis program is a great way to spread the mission of the Y to build stronger kids, families and our community, “said Summit Family YMCA Tennis Director and Head Tennis Pro, Biff Lloyd, who, has taught lessons to adults and children since its opening in 2001.
To help support the programs, the local ‘Y’ is hosting the “Why It Matters” program Monday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
For a minimum $40 donation, supporters can watch some of the area’s best tennis pros and highly-ranked players compete in a Pro-Am, enjoy lunch, and to play in an afternoon tennis round robin.
Each participant will also receive a gift bag to bring home.
Monday’s program is sponsored by by Tori Yearta and Whitesburg BP, Patrick and Sherry Dennis and McDonalds, Joe Powell and JYB Realty, and Mike Fitzpatrick and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford.
Lloyd and fellow teaching Pro, Roxanne Balboa have helped introduce tennis through the ‘First Serve’ program in local elementary schools.
“We bring tennis to kids who might not otherwise get a chance to experience this awesome sport,” said. Balboa.
Adminstrators at several of the schools have also seen the impact the program has made.
“The Partnership between the YMCA’s Your First Serve program has been great for our students,” said Ruth Hill Elementary School Principal. Dr. Aaron Corley.
Added Arnco-Sargent Elementary Principal Dr. Vicki Vaughan added of that the ‘First Serve’ program “provided an opportunity for my students that many of them would never have.”