Annual Tennis Carnival Set At Riley School Court

A youngster prepares to return a serve during a previous carnival.

A youngster prepares to return a serve during a previous carnival.

OSWEGO, NY – Although the USTA Tennis Program started in 2006, this year will be the eighth year for the Tennis Carnival, which began in 2007, explained Shane Evans, supervisor of the USTA Tennis Program at the Youth Bureau.

A youngster prepares to return a serve during a previous carnival.
A youngster prepares to return a serve during a previous carnival.

This year’s carnival will be held at the Riley Elementary School courts, 269 E. Eighth St., from 11 a.m  – 3 p.m. on August 8.

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

The carnival is hosted by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

This year, there will be two new AmeriCorps members coordinating the event, Ryan Maxson and Carlie Morley.

Evans said he isn’t sure how many volunteers yet; but, they are trying to collect at least 10 people to help out.

“Maxson, Morley and myself have brought our tennis program to 13 different sites, including various recreation programs and town parks,” Evans said.

Some of the sites that they have traveled to this summer include Riley Elementary, Fulton Y, Camp Hollis, Hannibal Library, Camp Zerbe, Cleveland, Sandy Creek, Pulaski, Constantia, Granby, Fulton CYO, Schroeppel and the Fulton Parks.

“Some of the sites do not have tennis courts. But, we are still able to set up some nets and have fun!” Evans added.

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

Participants are welcome to bring their racquets. There will be racquets and other necessary equipment provided at the site, Evans said.

Participants are encouraged to wear sneakers and to bring a bottle of water, he added.

Parental Supervision is required

There will be free Popsicles and prizes for all.

“The carnival is exactly our end of the year celebration! We invite all of our children that have attended our program to come relax, have fun, and play tennis,” Evans said. “It sort of culminates the summer not only for the kids but for my AmeriCorps members as well.”

This summer, they have noticed a small reduction in the numbers at some of the sites.

“However, we have supplemented those loses by attending other events such as Movies at the Park, the Children’s Gala and of course Harborfest. It is my goal to reach out to more than 1,300 children this summer,” Evans said. “Although I will not know until the absolute end of our program on August 15, I would say we have already have reached out to almost 1,000 children already.”