MARANDA: THERE IS AEE PROGRAM TAKING PLACE AT A PARK IN GRAND RAPIDS THAT IS SAVING UP FREE FAMILY FUN. ♪ MARANDA: THE CROSSCOURT TENNIS PROGRAM IS THE HOTTEST PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN GRAND RAPIDS. TELL ME ABOUT IT. GUEST: WE STARTED IN 2009 IN THE HOPES OF GETTING KIDS SOMETHING ELSE TO DO IN THE EVENING AND I THINK IT IS A PRETTY GOOD PROGRAM. MARANDA FISH IT IS WORKING AND THE KIDS ARE HAVING FUN. AR. THEY REALLY ENJOY IT. AND IT HAS BEEN WORKING OUT. I THINK WE HAVE HAD. PROBABLY OVER 1000 KIDS. MARANDA: WOW. THAT IS A LOT OF KIDS LEARNING TO PLAY TENNIS. WAIT A MINUTE, THE TENNIS RACKETS, THE BALLS, EVERYTHING IS FREE? YES. THEY ONLY NEED THEIR GYM SHOES. MARANDA: WHY DO YOU DO THIS. I WANTED TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. . I USED TO BE A KID. MARANDA: AND WE KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING GOING ON, IT IS TROUBLE SO INSTEAD, GIVE KIDS SOMETHING TO DO. EXACTLY. WHAT EVEN HAVE THE READING PROGRAM. ONE OF OUR GOALS IS TO KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE, TO RAISE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM AS WELL. MARANDA: WHAT AN AWESOME PROGRAM. YOU ARJUST GIVING BACK. JUST CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. THEY HELP US WITH BALLS, ROCKETS, AND A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY AS WELL TO HELP US SUPPLY THE SUPPLIES WE NEED. MARANDA: DOROTHY, WHY ARE YOU SO PROUD OF THIS PROGRAM? I LOVE IT. I USED TO PLAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG. I GET I GOT A LITTLE BIT ADDICTED TO IT. IT IS IN MY BLOOD, I CAN’T GET IT OUT. AND I LOVE SEEING THE KIDS FACES WHEN THEY ARE SMILING AND LEARNING HOW TO PLAY. MARANDA: BEAUTIFUL. YOU GUYS ARE DOING GREAT WORK. . THANK YOU. GUEST: THANK YOU! ♪ I LOVE TENNIS BECAUSE IT IS FUN, AND THEY ARE TEACHING ME FUN STUFF. I THAT’S COMING UP HERE LIKE EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, IT IMPROVES MY TENNIS SKILLS AND IT IS FUN TO BE HERE. IT BRINGS THEM ALL TOGETHER, INTRODUCES THEM TO A NEW SPORT AND THEY CAN, PLAY WELL. . FOR ME, I HAVE ONLY BEEN HERE TWO YEARS, AND I SEE THAT DOROTHY HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE KIDS. I SAW THEM START THE PROGRAM, AND A COE OF DAYS LATER, THE KIDS ALREADY KNOW HOW TO BRING BETTER AND PLAY BETTER. OH MY GOSH, THEY HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH. NOT JUST ABOUT TENNIS, BUT THEY LEARNED TO PICK UP THEIR OWN BALLS, HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR EQUIPMENT AND PUT IT AWAY A LOT ABOUT TENNIS,, A LOT ABOUT

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