News From the Town of Colonie
Paula A. Mahan
Colonie Receives U.S. Tennis Association Funding
Will Offer New Tennis Instruction Program
Newtonville , New York – A $5,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association/Eastern will fund a new tennis program to be offered by the Town's Department of Parks and Recreation beginning this summer.
USTA/Eastern will also fund the initiative for each of the next four years, for a total of five years of funding dedicated to providing low-cost group tennis instruction for children and adults.
“I am very proud that the Town has been selected to offer this exciting new program,” said Colonie Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan. “I want to thank Director of Community Services Alicia Osur for her work in securing this funding and the United States Tennis Association/Eastern for their vote of confidence in Colonie.”
Osur said that the Department of Parks and Recreation continually looks for ways to enhance recreational opportunities for residents, especially through programs that can be offered free or at low cost. “We also really like that this is a program geared to the entire family,” she said.
Gerry Cuva, Vice President USTA/Eastern, said that funding the program is consistent with the USTA's mission of “promoting and growing the game of tennis.” He also said that part of the goal in funding the Colonie program was to create a family-friendly program that would involve both children and adults.
All lessons will be offered at the same time, meaning family members can take classes appropriate to their age and skill levels during the same hours.
Osur also said tennis is a lifelong sport that when played on public courts requires little investment beyond a racket and tennis balls.
The program will provide participants with one tennis lesson each week for five weeks, with each lesson lasting one and a half hours. Each class will have a maximum of eight participants, with classes reflecting the age and skill level of the student.
The program will be held at the Shaker High School Tennis Courts from July 20 to August 17. All lessons will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Town will charge a modest participation fee. Osur said that the fees will help build the program for the future. “We anticipate expanding the program next year, adding additional locations throughout Colonie,” she said.
Cost to Colonie residents for five-weeks of tennis instruction will be $15 for children 18 and under, and $24 for adults. Non-resident fees will be $25 and $35 for children and adults, respectively. Colonie residents have first priority in registration.
Participants must supply their own tennis rackets, and participation is limited.
For more information or to register, go to www.colonie.org or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 783-2760.