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SACTA Regional Rally Meets Goals, Exceeds Expectations

July 17, 2006 02:05 PM

The South Atlanta Community Tennis Association (SACTA) held its fourth annual USTA Tennis NJTL Regional Rally at the Woodward Academy Tennis Center in College Park, GA on June 13. This is one of the many events SACTA administers in

conjunction with USTA to reach its mission of providing affordably community based recreational activities for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the diverse urban culture in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

“The goal of the Rally is to expose kids to tennis in a competitive environment and to have fun, said SACTA President Sam Kennedy.

The participants were divided onto separate courts by age group and enjoyed games that included Team Tennis Trivia and a Fast Serve Contest. The event also provided the opportunity to play competitive singles and doubles in a Rally Ball format.

Kennedy credits a tremendous growth in the number of participants in the past four years the event has taken place as a testament of how successful the Rally has progressed. In its first year, the Regional Rally attracted approximately 150 participants. This year’s event boasted over 300 Atlanta youth in attendance.

“We are meeting the goals set by the USTA and SACTA. Each year, we are growing and exceeding expectations,” said Kennedy.

USTA National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) is a network of community organizations dedicated to introducing as many youngsters as possible to the sport of tennis. The program also attempts to keep kids off the streets by providing them with a a safe haven, adult role models and opportunities to develop positive social and leadership skills, while at the same time enhancing their academic discipline. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, USA Tennis NJTL has significantly impacted the the lives of America's youth by developing the character of young people through tennis and emphasizing the ideals and life of the late, great Arthur Ashe.

 

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