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The Island Rec summer multiculture kids instruction that started with groundstrokes and volleys concluded with books and reading inspiration...plus a cookie and "frap-o-something".

The summer program at the town's Cordillo courts ended with a party by instructors Nathaly Mateus and Logan Smith, Professional Tennis Registry's Julie Jilly and Public Tennis Inc.'s Ed Bernier as well as Island Rec Tennis Director Cameron Everett.

Dennis Van der Meer made a surprise visit and ran the kids through 40 minutes of tennis fun. Julie brought prizes, including a racket for each of the 12 youngsters participating.

The kids were then transported to Barnes & Noble, where they were joined by other IRec summer participants. The book store manager spoke to the group in the Kids' Corner and described how they could benefit by reading and owning books. Each youngster got a book and a Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Island pro Patricia Hy-Boulais, recent inductee into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame, provided a $100 grant to cover most of the costs. She spoke to the children about her rewarding tennis experiences. Then all retired to Starbucks for a kid's "frap-o-something" and a cookie.

 

 
 
 
 
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