Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Indoor Tennis under a Bubble!

Today, was a day for tennis in Minnesota, but indoors under a bubble roof, with a temperature in the low 60's. The facility that I played at was the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center, which is very near the convergence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.

The Fred Wells Center is a public facility and is devoted to the mission of empowering kids to be successful on and off the court through both tennis and education. Through the Junior Tennis Program, kids from 5-18 are provided tennis lessons, clinics, tournaments, match play and team play competition. During the summer months, children also have access to programs that focus on life skills and academic achievement. All of this is done at affordable rates, and scholarships are provided as needed.

In the photos above you'll see my good friend Jim and former doubles partner standing by the Northern Tennis Hall of Fame. While Jim has not yet been inducted, he would certainly receive my vote, after being both a state high school champion as well as a collegiate conference champion in his university days. The other guys, also geezers like me, were my playing buddies yesterday. In the picture there is from left to right Jim, Bill and Jerry. After our match, we enjoyed some great conversation and Jerry tutored us all on how to find the best seats for matches, especially at big events!!

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