Pro helps tennis grow at South Shore |

Pro helps tennis grow at South Shore

Provided to the TribuneTennis pro Dave Alexander, right, presents a certificate to the Nike Junior Tennis Camp to Kimberly Hytry, 12, of South Lake Tahoe.

Since moving to South Lake Tahoe three years ago, United States Professional Tennis Association Professional One tennis pro Dave Alexander has been busy working hard to bring tennis to the community. Alexander, who was born in the tennis town of Ojai, Calif., has played tennis for 28 years and coached for 12.

Alexander has been busy teaching tennis in South Lake Tahoe this summer. He teaches the Lake Tahoe Community College tennis classes and provides tennis lessons for the Family Resource Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, thanks to the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation for the use of the courts. He also teaches lessons at Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers, Calif. In addition to tennis, he has taught World Religions, Mandarin Chinese and English as a Second Language at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Alexander recently helped secure monies from the United States Tennis Association’s Multicultural Participation Committee to fund the Boys and Girls Club program and tennis lessons for the Family Resource Center. He sees outstanding progress in his young students. One talented athlete is Kimberly Hytry, a 12-year-old South Tahoe resident. Hytry was selected recently by the United States Tennis Association’s Multicultural Participation Committee to attend the Nike Junior Tennis Camp at the Granlibakken Resort on Lake Tahoe’s west shore. She will attend camp from Aug. 11 through Aug. 16. Activities include water sports, rock climbing and lots of tennis.

If parents are looking for fun in the sun for their children this summer, Alexander will offer free Saturday tennis lessons to youths ages 7 through 12 at the South Tahoe Middle School courts through the end of August. Lessons for 7 and 8 year olds begin at 9 a.m.; 9 and 10 year olds at 9:45 a.m. and 11 and 12 year olds at 10:30 p.m. Rackets and balls are provided. Students need only bring appropriate attire and water. Call the Family Resource Center at (530) 542-0740 for more information regarding the lessons.

Alexander is looking for rackets and balls. If people would like to donate these items, he will put the equipment in the hands of aspiring young tennis players. The Family Resource Center is located at 3501 Spruce Ave., next to Bijou Community School. All donations are tax deductible.

“Tennis has done a lot for me physically, socially and in so many other ways. My goal is to share this great sport with a group of students who might not otherwise have the chance to enjoy tennis lessons,” Alexander said.

Alexander’s future plans include free lessons for teens, adults and pee wees 4 to 5 years of age and looking into the possible resurfacing of the middle school courts.

“Anyone interested,” Alexander asks.

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