Net Generation Day
USTA Eastern | October 18, 2017
Over 200 Kids Give Tennis a "Shot" at First-Ever Net Generation Day
The first-ever Net Generation Day was held at Cary Leeds Tennis Center, on Saturday, October 7, giving more than 200 kids escorted by their families a “shot” at trying tennis. Young tennis hopefuls were greeted with an opportunity to learn a range of tennis skills on seven courts using red, orange and green balls, depending on skill level. Kids and families were also able to test out their new skills by visiting the rebound net station.
Net Generation is the USTA’s new youth tennis brand aimed at welcoming and attracting new children to the sport that we all love so much. Net Generation makes it easier for kids - even kids who have never picked up a racquet – to try tennis through local schools, parks and tennis clubs across the country. ADVERTISEMENT Additional “play day” events will be rolled out throughout the nation in major markets to showcase the Net Generation program and registered providers in a fun and festive environment.
It was only fitting to launch the first Net Generation Day in the Big Apple, with its one-of-a-kind energy adding pomp to the occasion. The event featured tennis-playing celebrities including Caleb McLaughlin from the NetFlix series Stranger Things, Hot 97 radio personality Laura Stylez and International Tennis Hall of Famer, Gigi Fernandez! The afternoon culminated with a hilarious Amateur Skills Challenge held on Cary Leeds’ Stadium Court where randomly-chosen kids were partnered with celebrities to compete in some interactive tennis drills and games.
USTA Eastern would like to sincerely thank the following providers who led the kids in all the on-court fun:
- Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program
- Super Duper
- Tennis World NYC
- Cunningham Park Tennis
- Town of Ramapo Tennis
These certified providers offer youth programs for all levels of play. USTA Eastern will be helping these and other Net Generation providers continue a dialogue with the families that came to the Net Generation Day so that they stay in the game.
To learn more about Net Generation, visit https://netgeneration.usta.com/
Click here to view photos from the 2017 USTA Eastern Net Generation Day.