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As part of an ongoing effort of the Tennis in the Parks and Schools initiative, First lady Cecile de Jongh has announced the launch of after-school tennis camps on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The departments of Education and Housing, Parks and Recreation together will provide additional recreational options for Virgin Islands youth, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.

“It is our hope that we inspire children throughout the territory to consider tennis as one of the many recreational outlets available after school,” de Jongh said.

The camps are free, and begin March 30. Certified coaches from the Virgin Islands Tennis Association and tennis professionals will teach camp participants the fundamentals of tennis, including basic skills, as well as lessons for beginners on proper equipment, footwork, weight-control, strokes, court position, and proper attire. All participants who attended the First Lady’s December 2008 workshop or the VI Tennis Association’s workshop in March 2008 were certified with the US Tennis Association to teach tennis fundamentals to children. These individuals will provide assistance during the camp sessions.

For more information on the after-school tennis camps, contact Alvin Burke at the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation on St. Croix at 340-773-0160 or Kirby Callendar at the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation on St. Thomas at 340-774-0255.

There are many recreational opportunities on St Croix for both children and adults – it’s a great place to live and stay active.