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YMCA hosting youth tennis clinic

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The YMCA of Chilton County and local tennis players are teaming up to offer students 12 and older a chance to learn the sport and hone their skill.

The clinic will be held June 24-26 from 8:30-11 a.m. each day.

Lessons will be led by tennis players David McCary, Randy Edwards and Hunter Gay (who has played on the Gasden State tennis team) along with Chilton County High School girls tennis coach Laurel Adams.

Registration can be completed at the Y. Cost for the clinic is $15. Students will need to bring a tennis racquet.

McCary said he wanted to give students an opportunity to learn the sport and be ready if they wanted to try out for a high school tennis team.

“We start out with the rules … make sure everyone understands the rules then go over the basic strokes,” McCary said.

Different levels of drills will be offered to allow students to work from their starting point. Beginners will have different drills than those with more experience.

“There will be a little something for everyone no matter your skill level,” McCary said.

McCary’s personal interest in tennis began when he was looking for a sport to play after graduating from high school. Tennis was popular at the time and appealed to him because it could be played with just one other person and minimal equipment.

Now, he said he is hoping to increase local interest in the sport.

The YMCA of Chilton County is located at 405 Ollie Avenue in Clanton.