Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

TENNIS FOR KIDS ; Putnam Woman Helps Head Up Area Group Teaching Game

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

TENNIS FOR KIDS ; Putnam Woman Helps Head Up Area Group Teaching Game

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Like many parents in the Kanawha Valley, Ginger Miller wants to get kids outside and play a sport that they can embrace and enjoy. In this case, that sport is tennis.

"Every kid deserves a chance to play something, Miller said. "I just want everybody to have an opportunity to play a sport. Tennis is such a great sport where you can play your entire life.

And tennis is a game Miller says children can pick up whenever they want.

"There's no magic age on when to start playing tennis, she said. "You can start anytime.

In that regard, there will be a couple of opportunities for children to pick up a racquet and learn the game this summer.

Starting June 14, the Charleston Area Tennis Association, the Ohio Valley Tennis Association and the Midwest/United States Tennis Association will sponsor Charleston Area Youth Team Tennis.

It will be open to all youth entering grades one through six and will take place every Tuesday evening through July 26.

According to Miller, who coached tennis at Winfield High School for two years, no experience is necessary -- not even a racquet. The cost of registration if $65 and includes a racquet (sized for each child), a shirt and more.

"We're just trying to get tennis built up in the Valley, she said. "Tennis is a great sport for anybody to play. We're just trying to get the youth involved.

Broken down into two sessions, grades one to three (6 to 7 p.m.) and grades four to six (7 to 8 p.m.), this event will involve instruction, teaching kids how to simply read and hit the ball and just learning the game.

"They will learn instruction on the basics of tennis just to get started, Miller said. "You don't have to have prior knowledge how to play or anything. It's just to get them into playing tennis.

Those under 10 will play on a half-court and work with a foam ball, larger than a normal-sized tennis ball.

"It's bigger so they can see the ball coming to them, Miller explained. "They can also keep a little more control over it. …

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