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Cameron Everett, Director of Tennis at the Island Recreation Center and Chairperson of the Community Development Committee's Multicultural Sub-committee, reports a highly successful "Fiesta de Tenis," staged May 16 at the Cordillo Public Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island.

Upwards of 50 kids and adults turned out for an afternoon of musica latina, tennis lessons, tennis games, a raffle, and many, many prizes.  In addition, a number of "drop in" participants came forth.

Among the prizes were two bicycles, numerous restaurant coupons, tennis racquets, y mucho mas!

Participants ranged from 3 years to over 40 in age, and included toddlers, students, and working men and women.

Alfredo Soliz, Head Pro at the South Beach Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, handled the Spanish language requirement with great skill and verve, running participants through a variety of drills, games, and just plain fun.

Patricia Hy-Boulais and several of her HyTennis program's top junior trainees assisted by staging demonstration hitting sessions.

Arranged and executed in cooperation with a local tennis foundation, Public Tennis, Inc., which provided major funding for the event through a USTA multicultural/kids-at-risk grant, the fiesta aimed at introducing the predominently Hispanic population in the Cordillo neighborhood to the "game of a lifetime."

More importantly, the fiesta allowed the Recreation Center to advertise upcoming Summer Tennis Camps to be conducted at the Cordillo facility for the benefit of kids and adults in the neighborhood, for whom other forms of public recreation are virtually non-existent.

PTR's Julie Jilly made a generous donation of tennis racquets and prize items.  Marty Mohar, Manager of Players World of Sports contributed approximately 20 kids rackets at a price below his own cost.  Nearly twenty Island restaurants donated numerous free meal certificates.

Island Recreation Center personnel staffed the food and beverage stands, while Hilton Head High School #1 girl's singles player, bilingual Nathaly Mateus, and her brother, a HHHS boys team member, provided additional interpreting for the Hispanic participants.