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Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club to Host Elementary Play Day

WHEELING — The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club will host its fourth annual Elementary Play Day on Saturday, April 13. Based on age, the participants will be on court at the Wheeling Park Indoor Tennis Facility for one or two hours between 1-3 p.m.

All area youth ages 4-12 are invited to attend this free event. A parent/guardian wishing to bring a child should email the child’s name and age to the wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 10. Parents/guardians with 4-, 5-, or 6-year-old participants should arrive on the Play Day by 12:40 p.m. to complete registration. The 4-6 year-olds will be on court from 1-2 p.m.

Parents/guardians with participants age 7 and 8 should arrive to do registration by 1:40 p.m. Then those children will be on court from 2-3 p.m.

Participants ages 9-12 will be on court for two hours from 1-3 p.m. They should arrive with their parents at 12:40 p.m. to complete registration.

Attendees should wear athletic attire and tennis shoes. Equipment and water will be provided.

Parents are welcome to be courtside throughout the event. Those who wish to be actively involved can assist with the on-court games.

The goal of this program is to introduce tennis to the youngsters and their parents. The format for activities will follow the United States Tennis Association’s Net Generation, an initiative designed to grow tennis in communities across the country.

“Youth-sized nets, smaller racquets and low compression balls make learning to play tennis easier for children,” WOTC’s Debbie Pickens said. “Those who enjoy this introductory session will be provided additional information about tennis opportunities, including WOTC programs, Wheeling Recreation Department playground tennis, and professional instruction.”

As the sponsor of this event, the WOTC will provide court time, equipment, water, prizes, and adult supervision.

Members of the Bethany College men’s and women’s tennis teams under Coach Brad Jones will coordinate the on-court games and activities.

“The Bethany Tennis Program is very excited to partner with the WOTC and help grow the game with this fantastic event,” Jones said. “The WOTC does such a great job promoting junior tennis in the Wheeling area. So it’s just a great opportunity for the players and me to do our part in giving back to a game that has blessed us to be in the position we are today.”

Flyers and registration forms for this Elementary Play Day will be available in schools. If your child wishes to participate and you do not receive the information, please e-mail the WOTC at wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com, and materials will be sent to you.

For questions pertaining to this Elementary Play Day, please contact Jones at 276-494-4948.

Because tennis offers so many benefits, the WOTC has provided tennis equipment to local elementary and middle schools. Teachers have been trained in the use of these supplies so that tennis may be included in their physical education programs. This Play Day is a part of the WOTC “Tennis in the Schools” program. Each spring it gives the children the opportunity to get off the gymnasium floor and onto tennis courts. Approximately 60 children have participated in this event each year.

In addition to the Elementary Play Day, the WOTC will offer Millie Mulhern Youth Tennis in May. In June and July, the WOTC will conduct summer tennis camps at Oglebay. Information on these two programs will be released soon; it will also be available by contacting the club at wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com or by calling Pickens at 304-639-4434.

The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club wishes to acknowledge the generosity of Vance Printing for its services in providing the flyers and registration forms for the Elementary Play Day.

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