In an effort to introduce the lifetime sport of tennis to children of Southwest Florida, the Greater Naples YMCA and Yonex Racquet Sports have teamed up to put tennis racquets in the hands of more than 400 children this summer as part of the YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway. On August 7th at 3:00 pm, children enrolled in this year’s YMCA summer camp will all be surprised with the gift of their very own racquet to encourage them to continue playing through the school year and hopefully throughout their lives.
Each day as part of the summer camp experience, children are exposed to tennis skills, learning the basic building blocks of the game, improving fitness, coordination, focus, discipline and knowledge. The YMCA staff strive towards the a goal of exposing many youth to a sport they have not had the opportunity to experience.
Through time on the courts at the YMCA Tennis Center, coaches and counselors work to introduce a sport that YMCA Director of Tennis, Tim Bauer feels strongly will positively influence children for the rest of their lives.
“I’m thrilled at the progress we are making towards creating a top center for tennis education in Florida and very appreciative of Yonex Racquet Sports who have helped provide over 400 racquets for children in our summer camps. Every racquet we put in the hands of a new player helps us to inspire a wave of children and families to benefit from this great lifetime sport,” stated Bauer.
To enhance the tennis opportunities, through generous local support, the Greater Naples YMCA is nearing completion of a massive renovation which will provide the best facilities for tennis education, recreation and performance in Southwest Florida. The 10 courts on the YMCA’s Healthy Living Campus provide a special and rare multi-surface experience including European Red Clay, Hard Courts and Har-Tru, allowing players of all ages to enjoy the sport.
This summer’s tennis camps have encouraged many children, and with the start of school, the YMCA will bring back its top Junior Development and Afterschool Tennis programs and provide an entry point for anyone with interest in tennis to get involved.
“We are excited to be a part of bringing tennis to this community and look forward to the start of great things at the YMCA in tennis,” Tennis Director Tim Bauer commented as he noted what a special opportunity it is to be able to hand a child their first tennis racquet. “I remember my first racquet and with great thanks to Yonex and YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway, I am grateful to be able to see the positive lessons and happiness we are able to bring, just by handing a child the keys to a great lifetime sport.”