Albany, GA Hosts First Ever Block Party

June 1, 2007 03:03 PM

To kick off summer with an ace, the Darton College tennis complex in Albany, GA hosted its first ever Tennis Block Party. Over 100 ambitious adults, juniors, and children gathered around the complex in hopes of acquiring new tennis skills and building on their love for the game.

Donna Friedlander, a full-time community volunteer, hoped to send a message to all participants that tennis is fun and can be played by everyone. Friedlander, along with other Albany Tennis Association volunteers, made it a memorable day for everyone.

The event was open for everyone with the main objective focused on promoting tennis in the Albany and surrounding area. From 9:30am until noon, participants learned new tennis skills, played games, and had the opportunity to win prizes.

“The young players stole the hearts of everyone. They learned, laughed, played games and made the party enjoyable for all” said Friedlander.

As a result of the block party success, many juniors who were not USTA members have signed up and are now playing tennis. Some adults will be joining the USTA prior to the fall season, so that they will be able to compete in their local leagues.

What is a USTA “Tennis Block Party?”

Hosted at public parks facilities, Tennis Block Parties will feature three hours of tennis instruction, interactive games, and attractions, offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy the benefits of the game – from fun and competition to lifestyle and fitness. Skilled teaching professionals, accomplished touring pros, and special guests will guide attendees through games and skills during this day of fun and learning.

Tennis Block Party events and attractions include:

• Family Fun Zone – Parents teach kids how to play tennis in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere.
• Demo Racquet Court – Attendees can test the latest equipment on the market, including the newest racquets.
• Tennis 101 – Designed with the new player in mind, Tennis 101 provides a quick way to start rallying with a partner.
• Beat the Pros – Teaching pros and top-level players take on all- comers in an abbreviated tennis match.
• Team Tennis Challenge – Players enjoy the team experience of the sport beyond doubles.
• Champions of the Court – Competitors can strut their stuff and remain on the court until defeated by challengers in abbreviated tennis matches.