Tennis Anyone? Summer Tennis Program Kicks Off July 5th

Mount Vernon, NY – On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and the Department of Recreation will kick off a newly enhanced summer tennis program at Westchester Plaza Tennis Academy located at 40 East Sidney Avenue in Mount Vernon, and soon at Mount Vernon High School. This new tennis program has something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or advanced player.

“Many people were afraid that the construction of the Memorial Field Stadium would curtail Mount Vernon’s tennis program. The truth of the matter is we are enhancing our tennis program throughout the city. After Memorial field is built, we will still retain three tennis courts at the site. The Department of Recreation has always sponsored excellent tennis programs. This year we are ready to kickoff a brand new program that will provide residents with an outstanding tennis program that everyone will enjoy,” stated Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

The tennis program will be facilitated by long time veteran tennis instructor, Lennox Dressike. Lennox has worked for over 16 years teaching, organizing and directing youth tennis programs for the City of Mount Vernon. He is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He has taught tennis at the Joel Ross Tennis Academy for over a decade.

“My love for tennis inspires me to teach the game to the youth of Mount Vernon. My greatest passion is to teach the game of tennis and cultivate future tennis stars in the City of Mount Vernon,” stated Mr. Dressike.

The tennis clinic has two different program dates. The Junior Tennis Classis specifically gear towards children ages 7 – 16 years old will begin on Tuesday, July 5th though August 12, 2011. The adult instruction will begin Monday, August 15th though Friday, September 30, 2011.

“We are truly looking forward to the new summer tennis program that the Department of Recreation has put together, we are also proud to have Lennox Dressike on board providing us with a great tennis program that will hopefully inspire new champions in this sport,” stated Peter J. Neglia, Commissioner of The Mount Vernon Department of Recreation.

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