Oct. 24, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Before taking part in their respective USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship tournaments this past weekend, the Red Storm men's and women's tennis teams spent Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the National Tennis Center teaching more than 40 grade school students the value of exercise and the game of tennis as part of the USTA's District 21 Health and Tennis Event.
"It's always nice to come back and help out at great events such as this one," said head men's tennis coach Eric Rebhuhn. "There were over 500 kids from local schools playing tennis and learning about nutrition. the USTA did a wonderful job with it."
Red Storm players taught the students everything from the A, B, C's - agility, balance and coordination - to basic racquet handling drills and relay races over the course of the two hour clinic. The student-athlete's then took part in a 15 minute exhibition that set the stage for guest speakers who stressed the importance of health and nutrition.
"The USTA's health and tennis event was once again a major success," said second year head women's tennis coach Taka Bertrand. "Both teams felt honored to have participated for the second year in a row. The kids enthusiasm was infectious and a reminder of why tennis is such a great sport with so many benefits."
The squads concluded their fall seasons last weekend at the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships. The men will return to action on Jan. 25 against William & Mary while the women travel to New Haven, Conn. on Jan. 17 to partake in the Yale Classic.
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