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Free tennis workshops for kids starting June 21

Volunteers with the Second Serve organization and some of the equipment they give to kids in poorer areas around the globe.

A partnership between the Escondido Rotary Club, the City of Escondido, and a youth-run nonprofit organization called Second Serve has been created to enhance the lives of children in Escondido who want to learn tennis.
As a part of this partnership, children from grades 6-12 can attend a free four-week tennis workshop with all equipment provided on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Washington Park tennis courts beginning June 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. Twenty spots are available in this first workshop, and based on demand and funding, additional workshops may be added. Children will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Second Serve will provide free equipment and the City of Escondido and Rotary will cover all other workshop costs including the professional instructor’s salary. Anyone interested in participating can contact the City of Escondido Community Services Department at recreation@escondido.org or 760-839-4692.
Second Serve redistributes gently used tennis equipment to children in underserved communities to facilitate their involvement in tennis. Second Serve not only donates to a multitude of low-income communities throughout the U.S., but also around the world. They support children with a passion for tennis within Uganda, China, Mexico, India, Argentina, Nigeria, Rwanda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Chile, Scotland, and Zimbabwe.
To create maximum impact, Second Serve has created a growing team of 65 young leaders between the ages of 12 and 17. Each collects and distributes donations within their own geographic area. Second Serve empowers these youngsters to grow into leaders by creating service opportunities. For more information about Second Serve, visit: www.secondserve.org
The Escondido Rotary Club has served the Escondido community since 1924 and sees this as an opportunity for youth to fill their spare time during the summer, get exercise, and enjoy the wonderful game of tennis. Everything needed will be provided at no cost to remove the barrier that may exist for children in lower income neighborhoods. Learn more at www.escondidorotary.org/
Robert Rhoades, deputy director of community services said “the City of Escondido provides free and low-cost recreational and lifelong learning opportunities to the community and is excited to introduce a new group of youth to this sport on the newly resurfaced tennis courts at Washington Park.” Explore available opportunities at recreation.escondido.org/.

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