Free Tennis Play Day aims to give kids opportunities on and off court
Published: September 26, 2013
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ST. CROIX - For the second time in as many years, The Caribbean Education Initiative is hosting a free Tennis Play Day.
The event is a fun, educational clinic for students, aimed at inspiring school-age children to work hard and pursue their passions on and off the tennis court.
CEI President Nichole Hutchins said continuing the success of last year's events introduced by partner Ricky Plaskett, the organization is excited to bring the free clinic back on the island from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at D.C. Canegata tennis courts for youth between the ages of 5 and 12.
Plaskett, a member of the Virgin Islands Davis Cup Tennis Team, grew up on St. Thomas and graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 1990. He said he was able to master tennis as a youth and went to college on a tennis scholarship.
Plaskett said he sees the free tennis clinics as the chance to give that same opportunity to other youths, who now are coming up in the community by helping them to excel.
Hutchins said the clinic will be led by professional tennis coach Kevin Motta.
Just as they did during last year's clinics, CEI will provide the small-sized tennis rackets and tennis balls as well as the lowered nets that the students will use to play their sets, Hutchins said.
The lowered nets and smaller rackets allow for the introduction of the game to be fun and easy. Parents are being asked to ensure that each student who comes to play is prepared in athletic sneakers and cool comfortable and otherwise appropriate attire.
Last year, the organization also had play days on St. Thomas and St. John during the same weekend as the St. Croix event, but events in those communities have been postponed to a later date this year.
CEI, a registered non-profit organization, has been striving to establish and enhance educational opportunities while supporting progress in the community since 2006. The organization has been dedicated to improving educational and career opportunities for local youth.
For more information about the organization, visit the website at www.cei-usvi.org.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.