May 7 marked a special day in the Delaware tennis community. Close to 600 kids participated in the annual Tennis in the Streets event held at The Riverfront, Wilmington. The event was sponsored by the City of Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation, USTA, USPTA and Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association.
Middle School kids were bussed in from various Wilmington public schools to participate in Tennis in the Streets. The event included a series of smaller nets where players had a chance to hit with many Middle States volunteers. From techniques to games, the kids had an opportunity to participate in a variety of different practice methods. The event included low compression red tennis balls, which are slower and bounce lower for smaller players who are new to the sport. This is the second year with the red balls, which the Delaware District received through a Middle States Grow the Game Grant.
Volunteers from the day included tennis professionals, district representatives, local policeman & politicians, and employees from the USTA Middle States. The excitement from the event was not only on the tennis court, but off the court as well. Participants had the chance to hear live music and dance to their favorite songs, shoot hoops and jump around on the inflatable obstacle course.
Thank you to everyone that made this event such an amazing success!