22 Jan 2014 Royal Lahaina Challenger Youth Tennis Festival Highlights
The 2014 Royal Lahaina Challenger is in town and with it has come an exciting line up of community events taking place daily in Ka’anapali, Maui. This past Saturday, the Youth Tennis Festival was a wonderful introduction for kids 12 and under to the lifetime sport of tennis. The kids experienced tennis in a relaxed, fun atmosphere that included fun games lead by enthusiastic coaches.
Since 2009, the USTA has leveraged Tennis Night in America to launch more than 5,000 youth tennis events nationwide, as well as to provide a platform for facilities to register children for spring and summer tennis programs.
These events have contributed to the overall growth in youth participation in the sport. In 2012, the number of facilities offering programs for kids ages 10 and under grew 120 percent, and participation among kids 6-10 years old grew 13 percent over the previous year.
This year’s Tennis Festivals are designed to welcome youth of all ages and skill levels. Parents also are encouraged to participate and learn how tennis is now sized right for their child’s age and ability.
Watch USTA Hawaii’s 2014 Royal Lahaina Challenger live web stream here!