Tennis Program Has Another Successful Season in Oswego County

AmeriCorps member Adam Wolford helps out at a tennis carnival at Riley Elementary School in Oswego.
AmeriCorps member Adam Wolford helps out at a tennis carnival at Riley Elementary School in Oswego.

The US Tennis Association’s Summer Tennis Program, offered by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Division of Parks and Recreation, has experienced its most successful summer to date by working with more than 1,200 children.

The free summer activity allowed children ages five to 12 to learn tennis skills and exercise while having fun. The Youth Bureau’s partnerships with Oswego County AmeriCorps, local recreation programs and school districts allowed the tennis program to visit 15 different sites in Oswego County. With the addition of three new sites this summer, the USTA summer program coordinator and two AmeriCorps members were able to work with 300 more youth than in 2010.

“The USTA Summer Tennis Program has been traveling around Oswego County offering one-hour sessions, once a week, to introduce the sport of tennis since 2006,” said Kathleen Fenlon, Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “A tennis carnival was offered this year at a new location, Riley Elementary School in Oswego, with many exciting tennis activities and prizes.”

The past two years the program has also offered tennis-related games at Harborfest in the children’s park. With this year’s increase in participants, the program plans to add more new sites next year in hopes of working with even more children.

With the completion of its sixth summer, many of the recreation site supervisors and participants have developed a great appreciation for the tennis program.

“The kids always look forward to Tuesdays when they have their tennis session and are always asking if it is time to head up to the tennis courts,” says Krista Lewis, Director of Constantia Recreation. “This is a wonderful opportunity and experience for all of the kids that attend our summer recreation program and we look forward to participating in the tennis program for years to come.”

For more information about the USTA Summer Program, please contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451.