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Pepperdine Tennis Champions Conducted Father's Day Tennis Clinic for Youths
While paired with No. 1 Pepperdine
player Andre Begemann (far right),
a clinic participant focuses intently
on the doubles drill led by Pepperdine
head coach Adam Steinberg (distance)
at the Father’s Day Tennis Clinic.
Ten members of Pepperdine University's 2006 NCAA Division I National Championship-winning tennis team spent Father's Day afternoon, Sunday, June 17, conducting a tennis skills clinic for approximately 20 youths in southeast Washington, D.C. The clinic coincided with a June 18 White House ceremony with President Bush in honor of recent NCAA Champions.
Hosted in association with the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (STLC), the two-hour clinic at the STLC facilities included intense doubles and singles drills led by Pepperdine head coach Adam Steinberg. Pepperdine players led drills and instructed the clinic students, ranging from age seven to seventeen.
"Today, I want you all to get a taste of what it’s like to be in Coach's practice," Steinberg told the group of students before heading to the courts. "I want you to sweat and work like we do in a college practice. This is all about teamwork."
In addition to the Pepperdine players, participating students shared the experience with tennis officials from hosting groups STLC, Washington Tennis Association (WTA), and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), who expressed delight at the opportunity to receive coaching from the top collegiate team of 2006.
"This is a red-letter day for Washington, D.C. and STLC. To have an opportunity to share the game of tennis with Pepperdine’s 2006 NCAA championship team is an honor," said Rose Hobson, president of the USTA mid-Atlantic section. "You just never know how this visit will impact these students years from now," continued Maurice Patterson, president of the WTA.
To kick off the tennis clinic, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), through the Washington Tennis Association (WTA), sponsored a lunch-time cookout for the Pepperdine team and clinic participants.
The day ended with a question-and-answer time between clinic participants, their parents, the Pepperdine team, and Coach Steinberg. Steinberg encouraged the clinic participants to practice hard and study hard; he attributed the success of all athletes, particularly the 2006 team members, to diligence and teamwork.
"Winning the National Championship was both an honor and a responsibility," said Steinberg. "We are grateful that our team had a chance to inspire and help a young generation of athletes and citizens to pursue their own dreams on and off the court."
The first of its kind in Washington, D.C. and a prototype for the nation, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (STLC) represents a unique opportunity to encourage young people from the Washington metropolitan area to learn about the game of tennis in a nurturing environment.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport's growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the U.S. Open.
The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 700,000 individual members and 7,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers, and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.
The Washington Tennis Association (WTA) serves the U.S. mid-Atlantic region with USTA programming.