By Erin Bruehl, USTA.com
The Let’s Move tennis clinic featuring the QuickStart Tennis play format that took place on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, Aug. 3, has been given prominent placing from the White House.
A photo of President Barack Obama talking with children at the QuickStart Tennis clinic held for over 100 young tennis players as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative to fight childhood obesity has been named the Photo of the Day on www.whitehouse.gov
, the official website of the White House.
There were over 100 children in attendance at the clinic, all from local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs, who had a chance to play QuickStart Tennis on several 36’ courts set up on the South Lawn with star professional players Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan.
The QuickStart Tennis play format, introduced by the USTA, scales down the game of tennis for children 10-and-under, with age-appropriate equipment for them, including smaller courts, smaller racquets and softer tennis balls, to make the game easier to learn and more fun.
As the clinic progressed, the children were thrilled to receive a visit from President Obama, who greeted them, shook hands and told them tennis was a great game and that they should stay active.
"I just wanted to see your great form. It is good to see you guys!" President Obama said to the children. "I just want to make sure everybody is working hard out here and everybody is getting exercise in the summer."