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NJTL Regional Tennis Leadership Camp Draws Players

June 30, 2008 11:18 AM
Junior tennis players from seven different states across the South traveled to Birmingham, Alabama for the first ever National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) Regional Tennis Leadership Camp. The camp was held from Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8 and sixteen campers, ranging in age from 11 to 15, stayed at the University of Alabama – Birmingham’s Blazer Hall dormitory.

During the weekend the campers participated in tennis drills and match play at Samford University and took several field trips to local attractions, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the McWane Science Center and Regions Field for a Triple A Birmingham Barons Baseball game. Other educational activities included team building exercises and the 2008 Juneteenth Cultural Fest at historic Kelly Ingram Park. Several motivational speakers also came by to talk with the campers about leadership and responsibility, including Renee Kemp-Rotan, Director of Capital Projects for the City of Birmingham and Michael Patterson, Vice President - Legal Department at Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Rudy Lewis, one of the counselors for the camp said, “We really believe that all the juniors that participated in our camp got a lot out of the overall experience and it also allowed them some unique experiences that may have added value to their lives.”

The Regional NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp is a result of the continued success of the National NJTL Tennis Leadership camp, created in 1984. These camps are designed to provide an educational and motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who could not afford such an opportunity.




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