USTA Eastern and the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program have joined together to host a free10 & Under Tennis Play Day on Sunday, Aug. 19, as a part of Harlem Week. In its 38th year, Harlem offers various events throughout the summer where over two million people participate. Harlem's rich history and culture is displayed through Harlem Week. Activities will be held at Howard Bennett Playground on 135th Street between Fifth Avenue and Lenox Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
At the event, children will get the chance to play tennis and learn about African-Americans in the sport. Children will be provided with 10 & Under tennis equipment that is tailored to their age and size. They will also view an exhibit, "Breaking the Barriers: The ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers," an exhibit produced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame to describe the origins and history of the American Tennis Association (ATA). The American Tennis Association was created in 1916 to promote the sport of tennis and help African-Americans gain access to tournament tennis.
Along with the kids program, there will be an adult and senior tennis program offered as well.