Kids learn tennis at First Street Beach

Eight-year-old Genna Short prepares to hit a forehand during the MRA/Kiwanis youth tennis camp at the First Street Beach tennis courts on Wednesday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Eight-year-old Genna Short prepares to hit a forehand during the MRA/Kiwanis youth tennis camp at the First Street Beach tennis courts on Wednesday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Tennis is often cited as a sport that can be played for a lifetime.

For a few dozen kids in Manistee, that lifetime of play could be starting now, in the Manistee Recreation Association/Kiwanis Youth Tennis Academy going on this week at the First Street Beach tennis courts.

Nearly 50 children from kindergarten through eighth grade are taking part this year, in a program that has been a familiar local fixture in the sporting calendar, according to MRA executive director Kenny Kott.

“It’s a program we’ve been running in partnership with the Kiwanis group in town for a long time,” Kott said. “They’ve helped provide the shirts and funding for it over the years.”

Campers learn basic techniques like fundamental ground strokes, serving and volleying, with an eye toward getting them to pick up a sport that can be a source of fitness and exercise for decades.

“You can play it at any age, and you can also make new friends,” Kott said. “It’s really a lot of fun.”

Some of the coaches involved include Greg Sheffield, Kim Phelps, John Rice, Pete Ramone, Cleo Silvas and Emma Stream.

Kott said that the campers are willing and eager to learn.

“Really, every kid we’ve got is really interested in tennis,” Kott said. “So it’s a great group for us this year.”

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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