Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
May 23, 2017 Dalmarys Matos (203)333-2843
LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH TO SERVE ACES AT ANNUAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Lighthouse students will serve aces at the annual Lighthouse Tennis Tournament today, May 23, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Glenwood Tennis Courts, 127 Glenwood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. This yearly event began over a decade ago in partnership with the United States Tennis Association, (USTA). Designed to introduce children to tennis through the ‘ten and under’ program, USTA has been providing professional development opportunities, equipment, and grants to support tennis opportunities for after school participants.
“Our commitment to giving back to Bridgeport students and children is critical,” said Mayor Ganim. “My administration, as well as a vast majority of the City Council, supports the Lighthouse Programs. Ensuring that students have access to after-school activities should be a focus for all of us. These programs foster growth, provide opportunities, and help kids become well rounded individuals.”
Director of Youth Services and the Lighthouse Program Tammy Papa said, “It’s one more way in which after school plays a critical role in young people’s lives. Many of our children wouldn’t have access to a sport like tennis due to the cost of lessons, equipment, court time and coaching. Through Lighthouse they are exposed to opportunities that can enrich their lives for years to come.”
Today’s tennis tournament includes 256 youth in grades 3-8 from 24 Bridgeport public schools. They will play on the ‘ten and under’ courts in three banks of 8 teams. Each bank will have a first, second and third place team and all children will receive a medallion for their participation. To further encourage an ongoing love for the sport, USTA will also be raffling off four tennis racquets at the end of the day.