FREE Tennis Lessons for Local Youth
Free Tennis Instruction at City Park for New Orleans Youth
NEW ORLEANS, LA (6/26/07 TheNewOrleansAgenda.com) - The New Orleans Youth Tennis (NOYT) organization, established by New Orleans' Veterinarian Max Begue, DMV announced the availability of free tennis instruction for New Orleans youths from age 6 - 16, beginning on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 8:00 am in New Orleans City Park.
The local organization is supported by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), is a not-for-profit entity that is dedicated to improving the quality of life among our nation's youth. The USTA T&EF supports organizations that use tennis as a vehicle to help youngsters finish high school and qualify for college scholarships. The USTA T&EF targets youngsters from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It supports programs that provide positive role models, academic assistance and life skills in addition to tennis, to help prevent substance abuse, violence and school dropouts.
Max Begue, who attended LSU on a tennis scholarship, said "I began playing tennis in June of 1957 at City Park. As a boy of seven, CYO tennis and NORD tennis provided recreation and direction at a time when I really needed it. After a short time, I was city, state, and Southern champion, with a victory over eventual World's Number One rated player Jimmy Conners. Through tennis I earned a four year scholarship to LSU and the honor of representing my school in intercollegiate play. It was the availability of public courts tennis programs which provided this opportunity to me." One of the goals of NOYT is to provide "disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format.
Begue and other local volunteers will provide the tennis lessons each Saturday beginning this weekend until the last Saturday in August. The sessions are from 8:00 - 11:00 am. Rackets and tennis balls will be provided. After completion of initial basic training, each youth will receive a 'NOYT Voucher card,' which will allow participants to play on the City Park courts free of charge.
Interested youths are asked to report promptly this Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 7:45 am. Equipment and volunteer instructors are still needed. Volunteer instructors are asked to report at 7:30 am.
Begue, who is also one of the owners of Curlin, winner of the 132nd Preakness Stakes is presently practicing Veterinary Medicine at the Fairgrounds Race Course in New Orleans and Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. He recently traveled to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes with champion horse - Curlin. He is also the Veterinarian for the NOPD mounted division. Begue's father, Phil Begue was founder of French Quarter Realty.
For more information, contact Max Begue at 504-908- 0964.