(June 16, 2014) – Many people argue over the official “beginning” of summer, but for the Ocean City Tennis Center’s youth programs the Junior Tennis Academy and Pee Wee Camps are the heart and soul of the junior programs. The Ocean City Tennis Academy serves youth from ages 8-18 and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. four days a week for five weeks throughout the summer. The Pee Wee Camps serve children ages 4-7 and runs from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. during the same weeks.
The first camp session is June 23-26 at the 61st Street facility run by the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department and there is currently room available in both programs for participants. The programs have been carefully developed under the leadership of Dr. Keith Coleman who is serving in his 10th years at the Director of Tennis. Dr. Coleman just returned from a weeklong training event at the Sanchez-Casals Academy in Naples, Florida, the same academy that trained Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray.
“I love to attend these conferences as we are introduced to the state of the art in tennis training and instruction for our junior academy,” Coleman commented. “We are closely following the United States Tennis Associations (USTA) guidelines for 10 and under tennis for both the younger kids in the Academy and for our Pee Wee Clinic. We are amazingly fortunate to have three Certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) professionals on staff this year and that allows us to give the very best instruction available in the area.”
Subsequent camp sessions will be held; July 7-10, July 14-17, July 21-14, and August 4-7. The cost for the three-hour academy is only $126 for OC residents and $146 for non-residents and for the two-hour Pee Wee Camp it is $92 for OC residents and $112 for non-residents.
“You can rest assured that your kids are going to get the ‘best possible start’ in tennis, both in terms of quality of instruction and having fun by enrolling in these great programs,” Coleman added. “It’s hard to find a better deal in Ocean City. You get quality supervision for your children, you’re introducing them to a sport they can play for a lifetime and you’re doing it with amazingly qualified and experienced instructors! That’s why the kids say, ‘We’re #1!’ Don’t miss out on the fun.” For more information or for registration, you can call the tennis center at 410.524.8337 or the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125.