WAVERLY- Special equipment and evening time slots aim to entice families to spend two Friday evenings in Waverly bonding over the ins and outs of tennis.
The Waverly Community House located at 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly, also known as “The Comm,” will host two nights of tennis clinics led by couple Kelly and Josh Arp and refereed by Renee Lentz. Both Family Tennis Nights, June 28 and July 12, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a fee of $25 per family for the event in which equipment will be provided, however all attendees must come wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. The program is designed for children aged five to 12 and no tennis experience is necessary to participate. All family members are encouraged and welcome to attend, including siblings and grandparents.
“Our philosophy behind the event is to give parents a chance to play with their kids,” Kelly Arp, a mother of four, said about the experience. Children will also learn how to rally, bounce and identify the different sizes of rackets with an end goal of playing a doubles match between parents and children.
Also associated with the event is the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Ten and Under Tennis, a program that utilizes specialized equipment for the purpose of introducing the sport to the younger audience. Children of all ages are still more than welcome to attend both clinics, but should be aware that foam balls will be used due to their lower bouncing and slower air traveling which making it easier for the children to hit. Racquets sized for smaller hands will also be provided for the children for easier swinging and gripping.
Arp, a tennis enthusiast and coach at Baptist Bible College, said she is excited at the opportunity for the children in the area to become familiarized with the sport. When questioned if any other events will follow beyond these two nights she stated it’s “still up in the air.” Although she said there are certainly high hopes and expectations.
Both Family Tennis Nights are rain or shine clinics, played outside on The Comm’s courts or inside the gym in the event of inclement weather.