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Millie Mulhern Youth Tennis Fall Session To Begin Sept. 3

The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club will present the fall session of Millie Mulhern Youth Tennis beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and running through Sunday, Sept. 29. All practices and matches will be held at the Hilltop Tennis Facility at Wheeling Park, thanks to the generosity of the Wheeling Park Commission.

This session will follow the fall format of including children in grades four through twelve.

The program is Free to all participants. The WOTC encourages any child from the Ohio Valley to join, regardless of experience. Tennis racquets are available for those who need them.

Practices will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays, in September: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26. For those participants ready to compete, matches will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 29.

To sign up a participant, a parent should email the name and grade level of the child to wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com. Then a registration form with a parent signature can be requested online or completed on the first day (Tuesday, Sept. 3) between 4 and 4:30 p.m. at the Hilltop courts.

Participants need to wear appropriate athletic shoes and shorts with pockets (or have a ball clip); they also need to bring water or sports drinks. No cell phones will be permitted on court.

The camp coordinator for the fall session will be teaching professional Jeremy McClelland, who will direct the on-court activities with the assistance of WOTC volunteers.

Depending on the level of the players, a typical practice will consist of working on skills, learning the procedures for playing a match, and playing sets. The progressive lessons follow the guidelines created in the USTA’s Net Generation youth tennis initiative.

On match days, participants will play sets in singles and/or doubles with the supervision of court monitors.

On the last match day, Sept. 29, certificates of participation as well as awards will be presented during the pizza party.

This program is named for its co-founder, the late Millie Mulhern, who along with her husband Jerry, initiated this program in 2007.

“I want to continue to assist with the planning of this program,” Jerry Mulhern said.

Millie Mulhern Youth Tennis will continue to be offered in the spring and the fall. Parents need to be aware that the spring and fall sessions vary as to the ages of participants. For additional information, please email the club at wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com or call WOTC President Debbie Pickens at (304)-639-4434.

The WOTC hopes to show kids how much fun tennis is and increase the number of participants. Tennis is a life sport with many benefits.

Youth tennis is fun for kids with a minimal risk of injury. It provides social, health, and psychological benefits.

Participants make new friends, are in a positive learning environment, and learn teamwork and communication.

As an aerobic and anaerobic exercise, tennis helps kids stay active, increase coordination and flexibility, and increase bone strength.

Sportsmanship, character development, integrity, discipline, and work ethic are also emphasized as components of this middle school program.

The WOTC holds memberships in the United States Tennis Association and the Community Tennis Association, which provide training seminars in order to offer the best tennis programs to youth.

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