USTA Eastern recently hosted "I Am Tennis" at Queens College Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y. in celebration of Asian-American Heritage Month. Approximately 120 people of all ages and levels from the Queens, N.Y. area participated in the three-hour event. Free food was provided for those in attendance, as well as music and giveaways.
"Our goal at USTA Eastern is to provide access to tennis to anyone who wants to play," Esu Ma'at, senior manager of diversity and inclusion at USTA Eastern said. "The I Am Tennis event allowed us to connect with the metro-based Asian-American community to provide a fun introduction to tennis and further opportunities to stay in the game."
Members of the Queens College men's tennis team supported on-court, offering instruction to both youth and adult players. The Queens College head men's tennis coach Somadi Druker was also instrumental on-site during the event. Additionally, several local volunteers coordinated on-court drills, served food and managed the registration desk.
To further develop skills and tennis in the Metro Region, participants were given play opportunities in the community, as well as information regarding local tennis programs.