Almost 80 young tennis players from throughout the Virgin Islands, some of who live in VIRGIN ISLANDS REAL ESTATE
took part in the second annual Youth 4 Youth, or Y4Y, tennis tournament at the St. Thomas Yacht Club last week.
The event, sanctioned by the Virgin Islands Tennis Association, invited players ranging from 7 to 18 years old, from all over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
St. Croix player Davian Lewis-Flynn was enjoying her first off-island tournament, representing the newly formed Ground Strokes Tennis Club.“This is a fun day for everybody,” the happy seven-year-old said.
The tournament is the brainchild of Junior Philanthropists, a group formed in 2011 by seventh-grade students at Antilles School. The students hoped to help less-fortunate young people from the area. Group member Nicholas Midler, a tennis enthusiast, suggested the idea for the tournament, and joined by his fellow classmates, charter members Divina Mohanani and BJ Lynch, they sold soft drinks, hotdogs, home-baked goods and sandwiches prepared by the students. All of the students said they were excited to see the growth of the event, which was double the size of last year’s tournament.