Sam Querrey was one of the pros in attendance to play tennis-related games with kids at the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll.
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
The USTA joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on April 21 to participate in the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll.
Joining with the National Park Foundation, the official charity for America’s national parks, more than 30,000 kids who attended the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll were exposed to tennis for the first time as part of the USTA’s youth tennis initiative, creating positive introductions to the sport for kids of all ages. In conjunction with the event, the USTA announced that it will contribute to the National Park Foundation.
The White House Easter Egg Roll supports the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity for children of all ages. Mrs. Obama has been a prominent supporter of the USTA’s youth tennis initiatives and delivered a keynote speech during last year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open.
"I love the game of tennis," she said to the crowd’s delight. "It’s a great way to stay healthy and stay fit. And it’s a lifelong sport. It’s a great game to get your heart racing and pumping, no matter how old you are."
This is the fifth consecutive year that the USTA has supported the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Both local teaching pros, USTA staff and popular professionals such as Sam Querrey, Jamie Hampton and Melanie Oudin provided a variety of fun on-court youth tennis activities throughout the day. President Obama even stopped by the courts during the day’s festivities.
The USTA’s youth tennis initiatives are getting more kids to participate in the game – and to stick with it for life. By using courts and equipment sized right for age and ability, more children are learning to play faster than ever before.
“The USTA is honored to again be part of the White House Easter Egg Roll,” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “The day allows us a wonderful opportunity to introduce more young people to tennis and to emphasize our support of the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. Tennis is a great way to get kids active and engaged, and we sincerely hope that the day’s activities will help to create some more young tennis players.”
Visit YouthTennis.com for more on tennis sized right for age and ability, as well as to find the right equipment for your young players and youth tennis programs in your local area.
More information about the National Park Foundation can be found on its website.