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Atlanta’s NJTL Regional Rally was a Huge Hit

July 17, 2007 04:06 PM

On July 12, the annual NJTL Regional Rally was held at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. Hundreds of enthusiastic children and volunteers gathered in preparation for a day full of tennis and fun.

To kick off the rally, the younger children participated in many different tennis activities where they were able to share their talents and meet new friends. The children used smaller racquets, foam balls and modified court sizes. The coaches focused on tennis specific drills that allowed the kids to become more familiar with the racquet while building their hand-eye coordination.

The older kids started off by participating in an hour long session of cardio tennis. During that time, they were able to hit hundreds of balls while working on their technique and consistency. They listened to upbeat music as they weaved in and out of cones, hit balls, and went through the speed ladder to improve footwork.

At around noon, the NJTL participants joined in the park for a sack lunch provided by the local McDonalds. During that time the kids enjoyed a rock climbing wall, inflatable play arena and hitting tennis balls from a ball machine. Sam Crenshaw, 11 Alive’s sports broadcaster, was there to hit with the kids during lunch and help make the event a success.

At the conclusion of the Regional Rally, the participants had the opportunity to hit for prizes. Some of the prizes included racquet covers, hats, tennis balls, and t-shirts. By the end of the day, the kids walked away with new talents, numerous prizes, and a new love for tennis.

 

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