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The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has begun its annual spring program offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations in Brooklyn and throughout New York City.

Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. The spring program, which runs through June 20, also includes special trips, tournaments, contests and educational guidance programs.

Tennis activities include group instruction, practice and USTA Junior Team Tennis match play. Each site provides loaner tennis racquets and balls.

Parents must register their children in person at the NYJTL Community Tennis Center that they select. All children are welcome at all locations and local community children’s groups are also encouraged to attend.

The New York Junior Tennis League Free Summer Tennis Programs will be held at the following sites in Brooklyn:

· PS 249, 18 Marlborough Road, Monday to Friday from 3-6 p.m.

· IS 211, 1001 East 100th Street, Monday to Friday from 3-6 p.m.

· IS 302, 350 Linwood Street, Monday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m.

· PS 380, 370 Marcy Avenue, Monday to Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m.

· Linden Park, Stanley and Vermont avenues, Monday to Friday from 3-6 p.m.

· McDonald Park, McDonald Avenue between Avenues S and T, Monday to Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The New York Junior Tennis League provides free tennis and educational programs to New York City youth, reaching more than 100,000 children each year.

The programs encompass all levels and can be found in a variety of urban settings including school gyms, schoolyards, community centers and parks.

The organization’s Arthur Ashe Educational Guidance Program offers a variety of services to students in middle school and high school including helping to select a high school, SAT preparation and assistance in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process.

NYJTL is also the beneficiary of the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic presented by Panasonic; a $100,000 Men’s and Woman’s USTA Pro Circuits Event.

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