Bridgeport, CT – The Sacred Heart men's and women's tennis teams spent some time helping the USTA spread the sport of tennis to the nearby community of Bridgeport. As a part of the USTA's Target Market Initiative in Bridgeport, the Pioneers volunteered at the 6th Annual Bridgeport Lighthouse Tournament for local elementary school kids on Tuesday, April 30.
USTA's Target Market Initiative Program established a partnership with Bridgeport in 2011, as a way to foster the growth of youth tennis in the area. As part of the program, USTA trained Bridgeport teachers on how to instruct and integrate tennis into their physical education classes.
USTA New England, the Bridgeport Lighthouse Program and Bridgeport Community Tennis Association hosted this year's tournament, which featured over 300 third, fourth and fifth grade students and their coaches.
"We had a blast helping out the USTA at their 6th annual event in Bridgeport. I know our players enjoyed getting out there with the kids and helping out the USTA in any way possible. Although success on the court is important, our teams strive to help out the community as much as we can," SHU Head Women's Coach Mike Guastelle commented.
"This is one of my favorite days of the year when all of these Bridgeport students get to come outside and have a play day after playing tennis in PE and after school all year long," said Meg Angeletti, USTA New England Community Relations Manager for Southern Connecticut. "The volunteers from around the community, and especially Sacred Heard University, help make the event possible."