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USTA South Carolina to host Hispanic Play Day

USTA South Carolina, eager to welcome more Hispanic adults and children to the lifelong sport of tennis, will host a special play day for the Hispanic community of the Midlands later this month.

All are welcome at the tennis play day, which will take place from 2-4 p.m. March 20 at the Lexington County Tennis Complex, and no equipment is necessary. USTA South Carolina will have racquets and balls available.

The event will serve as a special overture for the area’s Hispanic community.

USTA South Carolina will have Spanish-speaking tennis coaches and volunteers on hand who will be ready to help kids and adults learn how to play tennis. The coaches, along with USTA SC staff members and volunteers, will lead fun games for players of all skill levels. Everyone also will have the opportunity to win door prizes, such as a tennis starter kit, enjoy free food and receive a free “Tenis para Todos” T-shirt.

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“We will have so many fun and laid-back tennis opportunities for kids and adults to enjoy,” said Abby Galbreath, USTA South Carolina community development coordinator. “Everyone is truly welcome. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never watched tennis or played 10 years ago but haven’t touched a racquet since. Come out, get some exercise and enjoy tennis.”

The play day, organized by USTA South Carolina and its Diversity and Inclusion committee, is part of a national initiative led by USTA President and CEO Katrina Adams. Adams, who took over in January 2015, wasted no time reaching out to Hispanic communities. As one of her first acts as president, she developed the USTA’s first Hispanic Engagement Advisory Group, which has a mission of promoting and developing the growth of tennis among U.S. Hispanics.

The group, led by USTA board member Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro, senior vice president of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc., is working to grow the number of U.S. Hispanic players, particularly among youth and families, by expanding the USTA’s Hispanic outreach in communities around the country.

“The USTA is committed to developing opportunities to grow the sport of tennis in all Hispanic communities in the U.S.,” Adams said.

USTA South Carolina’s upcoming play day is just another example of that outreach. To register for the event and ensure you receive the correct T-shirt size, go to sctennis.com/tenisparatodos.

Transportation to the event also will be available if you live in the Richland County School District Two attendance area. Email Galbreath, galbreath@sctennis.com, or call 800-644-7282, for details.

WHAT: Hispanic Play Day

WHY: To welcome the Midlands Hispanic community to tennis.

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. March 20

WHERE: Lexington County Tennis Complex, 425 Oak Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

INFO: Register at sctennis.com/tenisparatodos

 

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