Local tennis program receives support from Family Circle Cup

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Part of the Family Circle Cup involves outreach to the local tennis community. For the third year in a row, that includes a $50,000 donation to support a local tennis program. This includes tickets to the event and even allows some lucky kids to become a part of the tournament.

The inner-city youth tennis program, Courting Kids has been serving up opportunities for children since 19-92. It allows kids who may not have access otherwise, to learn the game and even participate with the pros.

Courting Kids coordinator, Delores Jackson says "They learn the basics of being a ball crew member. they get to see the players right up close."

One of those kids is 11-year old Ashtyn McFadden. She's joining the ball crew for the first time and said at first, she was a little nervous.

"You don't want to do anything wrong, but once you get used to it, it feels really good," Ashtyn told us. She joins the dozens of other kids on the ball crew this week and hopes to take home more than just souvenirs. She also has her eye on one player she's hoping to meet this week.

"Definitely Serena!" says McFadden. "She's my inspiration and an icon in tennis really. I look up to her when I play."

If Ashtyn was nervous about her job as a ball girl, its probably best she didn't know her idol was warming up just a few courts away.

The Courting Kids program is for kids ages 5 to 17. You can find out more information through the Charleston Department of Recreation.