On Saturday Jan. 11 and Sunday Jan. 12, the Colonials' squads spent time at the USTA/DC (United States Tennis Association) booth where they helped teach hundreds of children and adults the basic of tennis. With two mini-courts, QuickStart equipment and a "Serve It Up!" fast serve inflatable cage, GW spent hours assisting people of all levels and abilities to learn and enjoy the game.
"We run a lot of tournaments at the GW Tennis Center because of the USTA so we felt it was important to return the favor and give back by volunteering," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "Seeing the smiles on all of the children's faces and watching them hit reminded the teams of how they got started and it gave them an appreciation of how far they have come."
"It was really great to see so many people come together to promote the sporting activities they love and learn new ways to stay healthy and fit," said sophomore Christina Carpenter. "Our team had a great time teaching kids that exercise is important and also fun. By teaching tennis we are sharing our skills and also promoting a healthier community."
The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo is the largest free, two-day public health event in the country that offers free health screenings, fitness classes and healthy living information. Zumba classes, ice skating, zip lines and celebrity public speakers were just a few of the opportunities offered to attendees, but the USTA/DC booth proved to be a popular spot amongst the crowd.
"From start to finish the lines to play never decreased, and that is a credit to the great job the USTA is doing in promoting the sport," Coach Munoz said. "This weekend showed our team how important it is to give back to the community and to the sport of tennis, as these kids are our future."