2009-05-21 / Top Stories

Free Tennis Program Offered Daily At I.S. 211

Coach Basil Boyd, left, lobs some tennis balls to a few of his new "trainees." Photos by Dara Mormile Coach Basil Boyd, left, lobs some tennis balls to a few of his new "trainees." Photos by Dara Mormile On Monday, May 11, the Junior Tennis League of New York began its annual spring program that offers free tennis lessons to youngsters age 6 to 18 at various locations around the city.

Canarsie's I.S. 211, on East 100th Street and Avenue J, was chosen as one of the areas where trained coaches come every day to provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Coach Basil Boyd is doing the officiating here and teaching youths the rudiments of the sport.

Scheduled for 3 p.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Boyd says the program will run through June 26 and it includes tournaments, special trips, contests, and guidance programs. It also provides "loaner" tennis racquets and balls and group and individual instruction.

Boyd says parents must register their children in person. Community groups are also encouraged to attend, he says. For further information, visit www.nyjti.org.

Interplay between individuals just learning the sport is very important. Interplay between individuals just learning the sport is very important. What counts most, says Coach Boyd, is "Practice, practice, practice." What counts most, says Coach Boyd, is "Practice, practice, practice."

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