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Birmingham Block Party Rocks!

May 23, 2005 12:06 PM
Scoville Jenkins shares his tennis knowledge with the game's next generation of players.
With support from 98.7 Kiss FM, eager Birmingham tennis residents were ready to rock and roll this past Saturday, May 21, as they entered the Pelham Racquet Club, a public tennis facility in Birmingham, which hosts several tennis events and tournaments each year.

This Tennis Block Party offered people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy the benefits of the game. The three hours of activities, interactive games, tennis instruction and attractions gave children and adults in the local community a chance to experience the game of tennis. Participants at the event were greeted with a “Tennis for Life” wristband, along with a goody bag filled with tennis items to help familiarize themselves with the sport and improve their game. The participants were also given the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to the US Open.

In addition to the festivities and events, up and coming Atlanta native, Scoville Jenkins, attended the event as a special guest. Jenkins, who was the 2004 Boys’ Supernational Hard Court Champion and new to the professional tour, lost to Andy Roddick in the first round of the 2004 US Open. Participants were given the opportunity to strut their stuff and compete against Jenkins. Offering words of advice, Jenkins also provided kids with tennis pointers and suggestions on getting more involved in the game.

Jenkins and his fans during the event's autograph session.
As the event came to a close, giveaways were given to 16 lucky winners with items provided by the USTA Southern Section. In addition, an autograph and photograph session with Scoville Jenkins proceeded. The Tennis Block Party was able to create an enjoyable atmosphere and provided a new way for people to get out and play. Future tennis stars had fun learning basic skills and meeting other children who also love the sport.

There are many parties and activities currently being planned to celebrate USA Tennis Month throughout the USTA Southern Section. Go here to view all of these events by state.




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