WELCOME BACK EVERYONE, ANOTHER CLOSE LOOK AT ANOTHER OF PHILADELPHIA’S BEST PLACES. OUR PAT GALLEN IS IN EAST FALLS, WITH A PLACE WHERE SOME PEOPLE LEARN MORE THAN JUST HOW TO PLAY A GAME. HEY, PAT? GOODS MORNING, JIM, BROOKE. YES, PHILADELPHIA NOT REALLY KNOWN AS A TENNIS HOT BED PER SAY. BUT, HERE AT LEGACY YOUTH TENNIS AND EDUCATION CENTER, THEY’RE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT. AND I GOT A CHANCE DO HANG OUT WITH A FEW KIDS, DEFINITELY, HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE, AND SOMETHING TO OFFER. ♪ ♪ PHILADELPHIA IS NOT KNOWN AS A TENNIS HOT BED. BUT, AT LEGACY YOUTH TEN TENNIS AND HE HADDING IN EAST FALLS, YOUNGSTERS GETTING READY FOR THE BIG TIME, IN AND OUT OF THE SPORT. THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES OF IMPRESSIVE KIDS WHO ARE USING LEGACY AS A SPRING BOARD. INCLUDING, GABBY GARRETT. AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS. WHAT’S THAT MEAN? I MEAN I WON A THOUSAND DOLLARS. IS THAT RIGHT. YES, AND IT HELPED LIKE MY PARENTS TOWARD MIA TEN DANCE. GABBY IS BEING MODEST. THE GIBSON AWARD HONORS THE MEMORY OF THE LATE TENNIS PIONEER, AND REWARDS PLAYERS WHO EXCEL IN HELPING ON AND OFF THE COURT YEAR AROUND. SHE ALSO HAS BIGGER GOALS TO REACH. TO GO TO HAMPTON OR HOWARD UNIVERSITY. I WANT A FULL RIDE OFF OF TENNIS. AND I WANT TO BE AN ACCOUNT AND THE WHEN I GROW UP. THAT’S LIKE MY BIGGEST GOAL. SEAN, ANOTHER LEGACY KID, COMING OFF IMPRESSIVE TENNIS YEAR. SEAN IS THE FOURTH RANKED IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY COMING OFF A STATE TITLE. HE, TOO, WANTS TO TAKE ON THE FINANCIAL WORLD. BUT IS ABLE TO FOCUS ON BOTH SCHOOL AND TENNIS. SIX DAYS A WEEK, PROBABLY THREE, FOUR HOURS A DAY. JOSH VICTOR HEADED TO TEMPLE THAT YEAR TO CONTINUE HIS GAME AND EDUCATIONMENT AND BECAUSE EVERY HIS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, WAS AWARDED HUGE SCHOLARSHIP WORTH $10,000. FOR ATHLETES TO DEMONSTRATE GOOD ACADEMIC SKILLS. SO I JUST APPLIED. AND I HONESTLY DIDN’T REALLY THINK I WOULD HAVE A HUGE CHANCE OF GETTING IT, BUT I GOT A NICE E-MAIL COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SAYING I RECEIVED IT. WITH ALL OF THE TALENTED SMART ATHLETE AVAILABLE, NO WAY I WASN’T WORKING ON MY GAME. SO, SOME PEOPLE LIKE THAT BETTER, YOU KNOW? NICE MOTION THERE. YES, I LIKE IT, I LIKE IT. KEEP YOUR FEET MOVING. KEEP YOUR FEET MOVING. STAY ACTIVE ON THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET. THAT’S GOOD. NICE SHOT. SMOOTH OVER A LITTLE BIT. THERE YOU GO. THAT’S IT. CLOSE, CLOSE. NICE. LOOK AWAY THERE. WHAT A SHOT! SO, GUYS, LIKE MOST SPORTS I TRY, I PROBABLY NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE WORK. BUT THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE AT LEGACY. BECAUSE I CAN GET THAT SORT OF TUTELAGE, I CAN GET IT FROM CHRIS HILL, GOOD MORNING. MORNING, PLEASURE TO SEE THIS MORNING. SO CHRIS IS DIRECTOR OF TENNIS HERE AT LEGACY. TELL US WHY THIS PLACE IS SO IMPORTANT, AND SO COOL, REALLY. WELL, I THINK LEGACY IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT BRIDGES KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS TOGETHER, USING TENNIS AS A VEHICLE AND TOOL TO BUILD CHARACTER SO IT CAN GO OUT IN THE FUTURE TO MAKE AN IMPACT. SO I TALKED TO COUPLE EVERY KIDS THAT WERE HIGH SCHOOL AGE, 15, 16, 17 YEARS OLD, REALLY ALL AGE. ABSOLUTELY, WE START AT FIVE YEARS OLD, WITH THE MUNCHKIN PROGRAM, GO UP TO 18, SOMETIMES A LOT OF OUR COLLEGE KIDS COME BACK, WORK IN THE SUMMER, SOME OF THEM ARE PLAYING IN COLLEGE AT HIGH LEVEL. SOME OF THEM GO ONTO ASPIRE TO BE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS. NO JOKE. BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN 90S ALL WEEK, HIGH HUMIDITY, THESE KIDS ARE OUT HERE. YOU JUST TOLD ME THEY’RE PLAYING MULTIPLE MATCHES PER DAY. SO THEY’RE GETTING READY FOR THAT IN THIS HEAT? ABSOLUTELY. THE HEAT IS NO EXCUSE FOR HARD WORK HERE. SO, THEY’VE GOT TO GO OUT AND PERFORM IN THESE CONDITIONS. AND SOMETIMES, IT IS VERY TOUGH, BUT THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE HERE TO DO EVERY DAY, TO GET READY FOR THOSE EVENTS. ALL RIGHT, SO I TALK TO COUPLE OF KIDS THAT HAD DONE SOME REALLY COOL THINGS INCLUDING JOSHUA, GOTTEN $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP, ANOTHER KIDDIED INTERVIEWED MAYBE YEAR OR TWO AGO, BROWNING, HE’S ANOTHER OF THOSE ASPIRING TENNIS PLAYERS THAT’S NUMBER ONE RANG IN THE PENNSYLVANIA; THAT’S CORRECT? YES, TAHID IS ONE OF THE TOP PLAYERS, ANOTHER GUY JEREMY, JUST GOT TO THE FINALS IN NATIONALS, WON TWO SUPERBOWLS, JOSH OBVIOUSLY GOING TO TEMPLE NEXT YEAR. SO WE HAVE QUITE A FEW KIDS DOING A LOT OF DIFFERENT GOOD THINGS. SOME SPECIAL STUFF HAPPENING HERE. CHRIS, APPRECIATE THE TIME. CHRIS HILL, THE DIRECTOR OF TENNIS, JIM AND BROOKE, A LOFT COOL THINGS HAPPENING HERE, IF

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