It’s a day Ymani Garcia and Casey Kreider will never forget. The two students at Sloatsburg Elementary School in Sloatsburg, NY, were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the US Open as part of their PTA’s involvement in a growing program aimed at bringing tennis to more schools across the Country.
As a part of Teach, Grow, Achieve’s (TGA) school tennis program, Ymani and Casey spent the day on the grounds of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and even had a chance to hit a few balls on the grounds.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Ymani says. “I feel like a celebrity today. I am so excited. I like to get attention.”
TGA runs the leading school-based youth golf and tennis programs. TGA has partnered with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to help engage millions of children in tennis by introducing the sport to thousands of schools throughout the country. By providing grants for grassroots tennis programs and creating partnerships to create awareness of the benefits of tennis, more than 13,000 youth-sized courts have been constructed, mostly on school grounds.
Click here read how the rest of Ymani and Casey’s day at the US Open went and to learn more about how TGA and the USTA brings tennis to schools.