LCTA serves up grant to Berkeley County Schools

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Lowcountry Tennis Association (LCTA) awarded the district with a $10,000 donation to develop tennis programs at the youth level.  The donation was part of a larger award recently received by the Association as a result of their efforts in driving the push for the Charleston area to be named the '2010 Best Tennis Town in America.'

"Berkeley County is a vital part of the tennis community here in the Lowcountry," said Nancy Pitcairn, vice president of the LCTA. "We'd love to see the school district use these funds to build an interest in tennis among youth.  The funds could be used to purchase equipment that fits the new "Quick Start Tennis" format for young children."

The "Quick Start Tennis" format involves "right-sized" equipment to help children under the age of 10 learn to play the game in a way that is enjoyable, not overwhelming.  Many youth sports programs have moved to this format, including soccer, baseball and basketball, utilizing shorter playing surfaces and smaller equipment suitable for young athletes.

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