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A Touch For Tennis

Jim Holt’s thoughts on tennis are simple. He thinks the game should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or ability.

touch for tennis_mwallTouch of Tennis, now in its 15th year, is helping to make that happen.

“We want everyone to be able to learn the game and enjoy the game,” said Holt, also the coach at Gwynedd Mercy University. “That’s what this is about.”

Touch of Tennis began as a way to introduce tennis to individuals with special needs. It’s since grown and evolved, becoming a success at the local level and even earning national recognition. The 2015 program started in early July and runs each Wednesday evening, through mid-August, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. There are six total sessions, and each is open for free to anyone interested.

The 2014 USTA Middle States Edwin J. Faulkner Coach of the Year, Holt organizes instruction for both new and returning players of all ages through the program. Each week’s play is tailored to the players on hand, with volunteers running the program at the Gwynedd courts.

Along with players, Holt and his team are looking for volunteers and others to help support and spread the word about the program. He’s also looking into expanding Touch of Tennis by developing a sister program in Florida.

“We just hope people will spread the word, come out and play,” Holt said.

For more information on Touch of Tennis, click here.

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