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AmeriCorps Hosts Annual Oswego Tennis Carnival on Aug. 9

OSWEGO, NY – AmeriCorps will be holding its annual tennis carnival on August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riley Elementary tennis courts.

Although the United States Tennis Association’s Oswego tennis program started in 2006, this year will be the seventh year for the tennis carnival, which began in 2007, explained Shane Evans, the new supervisor of the USTA tennis program at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

The carnival will be held at the courts next to Riley Elementary School, 269 E. Eighth St., he said.

“Some of the games that we will be organizing include dots on a wall, overflow, paint splatter and beat the Pros,” he said. “The USTA hosts the carnival as a way to provide our participants the chance to learn the basic skills of tennis and the thrill of competition while in a fun setting.”

The carnival is coordinated by the Youth Bureau.

This year, they have two new AmeriCorps members organizing the event, Aericka Pawlikowski and Kaela Schimpf.

“We are not sure how many volunteers we’ll have yet, but we are trying to collect at least 10 people to help out,” Evans said. “Pawlikowski, Schimpf and I have brought our tennis program to 14 different sites, including various recreation programs and town parks,” he said.

The carnival is free of charge and registration is not necessary.

Youngsters are welcome to bring their racquets, but the Youth Bureau will provide all of the necessary equipment.

Participants are also encouraged to wear sneakers and to bring a bottle of water.

Parental Supervision is required, Evans pointed out.

There will be free Popsicles and prizes for all.