December 06, 2012

The 2nd Annual Holiday Kids Tennis Day, benefiting the Pete Brown Scholarship Fund and the Harvard Tennis Club, recently provided a free tennis clinic, tennis racquets, shoes and clothes, lunch and Christmas gifts for over 100 community youth and their families at the Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Park’s tennis courts in South Central Los Angeles. The clinic was for junior players between the ages of 4 and 18 years old, who could not afford tennis lessons, tennis racquets, tennis outfits and shoes.  Not only was it was a great day for the kids, the organizers and volunteers’ hearts were filled with joy because they had an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way, said an event spokesperson.

After the success of the 2011 event, The Pete Brown Scholarship Fund in partnership with Coach Mary Pat-Faley ( “Winning in Tennis and Life”, 2010 CA Pro of the Year) and Todd, Anne and Jonathan Star, of the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, again, co-hosted the junior tennis clinic and celebration.  

The day began with the children receiving tennis giveaways.  After the welcome introductions and photos, the children went into groups where 26 volunteer coaches ran tennis drills to enhance their skills and love of tennis. The day ended with each child competing for Christmas gift bags filled with toys and holiday goodies. Santa Claus made a guest appearance (courtesy of Coach Al Erby).  

Two upcoming events at Harvard Park include the Inner-city Junior Tennis Camp from December 17 – January 4, 2013.  Those interested can contact Coach Al Erby at (323) 819-0433. On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013 Delores Simmons (323-819-0433) will host the 40th Annual Frank Simmons #1Doubles Shoot Out, in honor of her late husband.        

The Pete Brown Scholarship Fund provides on-going support for junior players who need help paying for tennis lessons and tournament fees.  Donations are always appreciated and are accepted year round.  For more information, visit the Pete Brown Scholarship Fund website

Category: Community