As part of an ongoing initiative to encourage exercise and physical fitness for Bristol County youth, District Attorney Sam Sutter has announced another round of free youth tennis clinics today. This year, he and his group of volunteers will hold clinics in Westport and Norton.
The tennis clinics will be held on Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, July 27th at the Westport Middle School tennis courts.
Area children between 7 and 9 years old will take the court on both Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., while children between the ages of 10 and 14 will be instructed from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.s.
Parents and children can register for the clinic by logging on to http://bristolda.com/DA/Events_files/WSTPRT_13_Tennis.pdf or http://bristolda.com/DA/Events_files/NORTON_13_Tennis.pdf or by calling volunteer coordinator Brian Rose at 508-961-1972 or by picking up a registration form at the District Attorney’s Office, 120 South Main Street, Fall River.
Walk in registrations are permitted, although participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the clinic.
District Attorney Sutter, a former tennis professional and teacher, will be the lead instructor at the clinics. He will be assisted by more than a dozen volunteers from the District Attorney’s office.
Since taking office in 2007, he has held more than 50 free youth sports clinics throughout Bristol County, serving more than 4,000 participants.
Mr. Sutter’s father, Clifford Sutter, was one of the best tennis players in the country during the 1930s. As president of the Eastern Tennis Association in 1961, the elder Sutter started a program to expand tennis’ popularity beyond country clubs. He did this by conducting countless free tennis clinics at public parks and public schools in the eastern region, and by spearheading an effort to construct public tennis courts throughout the east.
“These free tennis clinics are obviously a matter very close to my heart. This was perhaps my father’s greatest contribution to the game of tennis and that legacy continues to inspire me,” said District Attorney Sutter. “I am looking forward to teaching the kids in Westport and Norton the fundamentals of tennis, which is a great sport to play for fun, for fitness and as a sport you can play your entire life.”