Program gets youths dreaming of tennis

  • Geoff Cowles/News Lukas Yarman works on his serve during the Mount Vernon Youth Team Tennis program Wednesday at Memorial Park.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Audrey Cheng shows the proper form for a return volley during the Mount Vernon Youth Team Tennis program Wednesday at Memorial Park. More than 90 youths are participating in the weekly program.

MOUNT VERNON — A decade ago, the growth of tennis in Mount Vernon was a far off dream. Now, that dream is being transplanted into kids as young as five and six years old. Mount Vernon Youth Team Tennis is an important part of what is putting the Mount Vernon tennis program on the map. Now, in it’s ninth year, director Steve Tier is watching his dream come true.

“We have 91 kids signed up this year,” Tier said. “We hope to get 20 involved in the high school (Junior Team Tennis) program along with this. Hopefully, we’ll have over a hundred kids, from K to 12 involved.”

Get them involved and get them to smile. For the youngest players, the emphasis is on fun. Audrey Cheng, the 6-year-old daughter of Kenyon College assistant tennis coach Alvin Cheng, has the right idea. She enjoyed her lessons at Memorial Park on Wednesday morning.

 

Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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