North Minneapolis Has New Tennis Program for Inner City Kids

August 07, 2018 09:55 PM

A group of 45 kids got the chance to run up and down their very own tennis court at the Hospitality House Youth Development Center in North Minneapolis.

The organization Inner City Tennis teamed up with the Hospitality House to create programming and an outdoor tennis space for kids.


"Look at this, we're almost in a converted parking lot here and you probably have 40 kids out here having a great time learning from these coaches," David Wheaton said.

Wheaton is a former tennis pro and pupil of the world famous Coach Nick Bolletieri. He and Bolletieri showed up with Inner City Tennis for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

For over four decades Bolletieri said his work has been all about the kids. He added the number of kids he's helped is numerous.

"Tens of thousands," he said.

Inner City Tennis is not just about building champions, though. The organization is about getting kids active, building character and supportive mentoring.

"What this does it provides the children to release their energy, they do better homework, take care of themselves physically," Bolletieri said.


Todd Wilson

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