Program aims to build interest in tennis

Kaytlyn Hartfield played tennis at Kiel High School her junior and senior years before graduating this year.

During her senior season, Kaytlyn said the team faced a challenge. “We almost didn’t have enough kids,” she said. “We went down to the Middle School to find some.”

Kaytlyn said she did not want that same challenge to carry over into future seasons for the Raider girls tennis team. “I wanted to build interest among the younger generation,” she said.

So Kaytlyn and her mother Sarah worked with Missy Brandt from the City of Kiel Recreation Department to create a youth tennis lessons program this summer. From June through this week, almost 20 youths in three different skill levels have been meeting on the courts at Belitz Park on various days of the week to learn tennis stills and practice them.

Kaytlyn handles the Beginners and Intermediates while her mother coaches the High School group. The program was open to youths from 5K through high school.

(Please see the July 30 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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