Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) recently benefitted from the expertise of local tennis pros. Volunteer instructors from the Saw Mill Club as well as players from the Horace Greeley High School Varsity Tennis team held a "Bounce" Tennis Play Day for the Club as a way to introduce the sport to community children.
More than 300 children from the Club were given the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis from the volunteers, using nets, raquets and tennis balls lent by USTA Eastern. The event served as the kick-off of a new tennis program to begin at the Club in September. Organized by local Chappaqua resident and Horace Greeley High School student, Zachary Jayson, the program will provide children at the Club the unique opportunity to learn the sport.
"Many recreational programs do not offer tennis," said BGCNW Program Director, Barbara Cutri. "We are always looking to expand our offerings and share a wide variety of sports with children in our community."
"We are very excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester," said Michelle Blake Wilson, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications for USTA Eastern. "Thanks to their dedication to the community, and the hard work of Zachary Jayson, Saw Mill Club and Horace Greeley High School, kids from across northern Weschester are getting a chance to learn tennis for the first time, and enjoy the sport of a lifetime."
Jayson is the second member in his family to introduce new programming to the Club. In 2006, his older brother Matt Jayson worked with BGCNW to form a soccer program, "Score Goals." The year-round program began with 30 children and had grown to serve 300 children at the Club.