ABOVE PHOTO: Enthusiastic youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Germantown Branch flex their tennis muscle as they finish the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis clinic at St. Joseph’s University. Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) sponsored the youth. (Photo: Germaine Edwards, Ph.D.)
BWSF hosts community partners for Philly Freedoms Tennis Match & Youth Tennis Clinic
Tennis, anyone? Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) hosted its community partners at the Philadelphia Freedoms Tennis Match and Youth Tennis Clinic. The events were held at the St. Joseph’s University Hagan Arena.
Youth were treated to an opportunity to meet new friends and learn the fundamentals of tennis prior to the match. Each youth received a free tennis racket for participating in the clinic. Following the clinic, everyone experienced the first place World Team Tennis Philadelphia Freedoms in action. Noted local personalities Philadelphia football kicker Jake Elliott and NBC Sports Philadelphia reporter John Clark sparred off in a tennis exhibition. The Freedoms ball-dogs from the SPCA retrieved the tennis balls for the exhibition.
The Philly Freedoms is the professional, local tennis team owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King. Team members are recruited from around the world. Tennis pros Taylor Townsend and Raquel Atawo impressed the spectators with their dynamic play. Coached by Craig Kardon, the Philly Freedoms’ roster also boasts celebrated professionals Sloane Stephens, Gabriela Dabrowski, Kevin Anderson, Kevin King, and Fabrice Martin.
BWSF strives to level the playing field and increase opportunities for young students of color to gain full exposure to nontraditional sports and their benefits.
Established in 1992, the Black Women in Sport Foundation, or BWSF, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the involvement of Black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. For more information on Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF), please visit the website at www.blackwomeninsport.org.