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USTA LI Supports Circulo de la Hispanidad Summer Tennis for Kids

August 6, 2015 04:56 PM
Matt Holweger, founder of Kids Serving Kids LI, donates rackets to Circulo de la Hispanidad

More than 80 children from Long Beach and Hempstead picked up tennis racquets this summer – most for the first time – during a summer camp program run by Circulo de la Hispanidad and supported by the USTA Long Island Region.

Círculo de la Hispanidad offers a range of educational, recreational and cultural programs for children and youth to support their development and enrichment. For over 35 years, the non-profit organization has served the LI community providing comprehensive programs ranging from education, youth programs, social advocacy, vocational assistance, counseling and a variety of other programs that enhance the quality of life for its communities.

Círculo offers summer camp for elementary school age children out of two locations, Long Beach and Hempstead, providing enrichment opportunities for children who have completed kindergarten through those who have completed eighth grade. This summer, with the help of USTA tennis pro Fabiana Rezak, Circulo was able to launch a six-week, two-days-a-week tennis program for both the Long Beach and Hempstead camps in the Hempstead facility. Children were separated into two tennis training groups by age – 6-8 years and 9-11 years. For most of the children, this program was their first exposure to tennis. The USTA LI Region supplied nets, balls and rackets for the younger children, and Kids Serving Kids Long Island donated additional racquets for older kids. KIds Serving Kids collects new and gently used tennis equipment which it then donates to needy children on Long Island.

According to Rezak, the children loved learning tennis, and plans are in the works to bring tennis to Circulo’s after-school programming during the school year.