Racquet Bash aims to build tennis hype

Racquet Bash serves a build-up to facility’s fall and winter programs

BIG RAPIDS —The Ferris State Racquet and Fitness Center is working to make getting into the sport of tennis easier than ever this fall, kicking things off with its Racquet Bash on Thursday.

The event, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Racquet and Fitness Center located at 14342 Northland Drive in Big Rapids, will serve as a precursor to the facility’s fall and winter programming, with classes starting on Sept. 9.

COURT IN SESSION: FSU’s Racquet and Fitness Center will host Racquet Bash on Thursday as a precursor to the fall schedule. (Courtesy photo)

COURT IN SESSION: FSU’s Racquet and Fitness Center will host Racquet Bash on Thursday as a precursor to the fall schedule. (Courtesy photo)

Ferris State Professional Tennis Management Director Derek Ameel said the Racquet Bash provides exposure to the indoor racquet facility by providing a fun event while exposing the public to what FSU offers through its PTM program.

“We like to have a kickoff event to let people know about our new programming, he said. “We still have quite a few people in the community that think the facility isn’t open to the public and that it’s just a Ferris State center. We want to change that perception and let people know that it’s a laboratory for our FSU students to work in and train by working with the public.”

The facility will be open to the public through the free event, while providing a number of games for people of all ages, including a fast tennis serve and fast tennis serve return contest, cardio tennis, wallyball, a 10-minute Jacob’s Ladder competition and a tennis carnival for juniors ages 4-10.

A charity “Party in Pink” Zumbathon also will be held during the event, with proceeds from the event going to breast cancer research.

The festivities all lead up to the beginning of the first fall tennis sessions at the facility, which run from Sept. 9 through Oct. 17 for children ages 4 through 12th grade, as well as adult sessions for all ages.

Sessions for children through sixth grade are $36 for members and $48 for non-members, while junior varsity through varsity levels of experience cost $60 for members and $72 for non-members.

Ameel noted that the Racquet Facility is holding a special “play more, pay less” offer that will allow participants to add another day of classes per week for an additional $24 for children through sixth grade and $36 for junior varsity through adult level sessions.

“The unique thing is students use the facility as an internship so all of our students work with the kids an supervise them as part of the program,” he said. “That allows us to offer prices at a reduced rate than some other places — we’re half of or even less than half the price than other indoor facilities. It’s a great way to get into a sport that you can play for a lifetime and it’s an excellent sport for the entire family to be a part of.”

For more information on Racquet Bash or the facility’s fall sessions, call (231) 591-2212 or visit www.ferrisracquetandfitness.com

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