Kenyan juniors in America for a tennis training camp

Jul 25, 2011

Players from the Zion Zone Tennis Foundation and Sadili Oval Sports Academy are currently in San Francisco, USA for this year's 27Th annual USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Camp. 

The 13 year-old junior players who are attending the programme are Shebani Kabura (Sadili), Judy Nkatha (Zion), Isaya Etale, (Zion) and Henry Ayesiga (Sadili). They are accompanied by Dr. Liz Odera of Sadili and Veronica Osogo from the Zion Zone Foundation. 

The players joined 36 other juniors aged between 12 and 14 years, selected out of 250,000 children from all over the United States, who are considered as potential leaders in their communities.The two  Kenyan tennis organisations were recipients of honoraries NJTL Chapters recognition in 2008, for their tennis programmes with underprivileged children.

The Camp is managed by NJTL Coordinator Emily Sando and the tennis training is structured, with the involvement of top professional coaches under the camp Head Coach, Tony Stingley (USTA Diversity Specialist and PTR Professional).

Odera is also involved in the training as a Professional International Clinician while Osogo is  among the Pro/Counsellors listed to work with the children.

The juniors will from Tuesday play competions amongst themselves.sportsnewsarena supports Zion Tennis Foundation, a tennis-based project targeting children living in the vast Kibera slum.

Zion Zone Tennis Foundation was founded by Osogo, a former Kenya FedCup player who has a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning over 7 years in her speciality sport, tennis. The foundation has impacted the lives of about 1,000 children between the ages of 3-14 living in one of the biggest slums in Africa.    

 

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