Number of Participants: 13
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $220
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: December 1, 2014
New York 11367, United States
Flushing, N.Y. – The Queens College women’s and men’s tennis teams spread a little holiday cheer last week, as they offered a free tennis clinic for kids on Saturday, November 29, from 12pm – 2pm. It proved to be a huge success in bringing families together on what normally would have been a slow Thanksgiving weekend in the QC tennis bubble.
Over 30 children ranging in age from 5-14 years attended the clinic. Somadi Druker, the new Men’s Interim Coach was joined by assistant coaches Erika Goldsmith and Fabio Minami to divide the diverse group by ability and assign tennis team members to lead each group in lead up games and drills on all six courts.
The event was so successful that kids were still arriving at 1pm. Even though the clinic was originally scheduled for a single hour. the teams stayed for an additional hour to handle the overflow. Acknowledgements need to go to Brian DeMasters and Buz Considine as well as the Summer Camp staff for getting out the word to the community via emails and Facebook.
Many of the parents came over to coach Nagel and coach Druker and complimented them on the quality of instruction and for the fun the kids had. Even more importantly, they asked for information to sign up their kids for future lessons both privately and in groups.
This weekend turned out to be the perfect choice since the event needed six courts and seasonal bookings were suspended for the holiday and money for court bookings was not lost.
The bubble, which is one of the prime moneymakers for Queens, has an opportunity to sign up even more kids because of this clinic. Also on the horizon for both the women and men’s teams, will be a paid clinic during spring break.