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TENNIS FOR TEENS AT RIKERS ISLAND CORRECTION CENTER

On Sunday, October 19th, members of the USTA Long Island regional board, along with three tennis instructors from Sportime’s John McEnroe Tennis Academy, joined together to put on the first ever tennis clinic at the Rikers Island Correction Center juvenile jail.

This was a very successful day where many boys participated. Every player was given a copy of NY Tennis and TENNIS magazines. New racquets and balls were also gifted to the facility.

Rikers Corrections Deputy Chief, Greg McLaughlin, and Warden James Perrino coordinated this effort with LI board member Bob Coburn. It took many months in order to clear the way for this event to take place. Bob says, “This was a wish for a long time and only came about because of our terrific volunteers and the great leaders at Rikers who realized the benefits of offering tennis to their inmates.”

USTA volunteers included Marian Morris, Akiko Tohmatsu, Danny Burgess and Kevin Tuohy. Jamie Moore, Sportime’s Director of Community Outreach, and Academy pros Michael Moore and Chidi Gabriel represented the McEnroe Academy. Discussions are already planned to develop an ongoing tennis program at this facility.

 

 

 

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