Celebrate Tennis Atlanta Draws Record Crowd

May 2, 2002 11:55 AM

By Amy Binder and Marc Kaplan

To kick off USA Tennis Month, “Celebrate Tennis Atlanta” drew over 2,000 people to the Lincoln Tennis Center, introducing people to the sport of tennis as well as reacquainting many with the sport of a lifetime. In its third year, this all day tennis festival drew a record crowd. Event hosts include the USTA Southern Section, the Georgia Tennis Association, the Atlanta Community Tennis Association, and the Greater Atlanta Inner City Games.

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Morning Session
(10:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Over 1000 metro Atlanta school students participated in on court games and activities. In addition, Hands On Atlanta conducted Reading Stations with books donated by Scholastic Books. Scholastic’s Clifford the Big Red Dog was on hand to entertain the group, as well as the Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta Beat inflatable games.
Afternoon Session (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm) –School children in Greater Atlanta Inner City Games programs participated in on court tennis activities as well as reading stations. In addition, Inner City Games hosted additional sport stations, such as Soccer and Gymnastics.
Evening Session (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – The evening session was open to the general public and featured on court activities, prizes, giveaways, and music. All kids ages 8-12 had the opportunity to win a trip to Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open by participating in the Sports Authority Skills Challenge. Other activities include the Q100 Speed Zone, Cartoon Network Tennis Club Obstacle Course, and Scholastic Tiny Tots.

The evening session featured a celebrity/media exhibition took place on stadium court. Participants included: ATP touring pro Brian Vahaly, former WTA touring pro Wendy White-Prausa, WXIA-NBC sports anchor Sam Crenshaw, WSB TV meteorologist David Chandley, Weather Channel meteorologist Marc Mancuso, FOX 5 sports anchor Karen Mayes, WGCL-CBS sports anchor Steve Taylor, Atlanta Hawks coach Eric Musselman, Atlanta Hawks marketing Amanda Liebel, and top ranked wheelchair players Tiffany Geller, Karin Corbs, Steve Pearce, and Tucker Adams.

Over 2,000 kids and adults attended the event throughout the day.

Sponsors for the event included: Sports Authority, Post Properties, Q100, Publix, and McDonald’s.