King Street Youth Center wins national award from the USTAThe King Street Youth Center wins National Junior Tennis League Section of the Year Award from the United States Tennis Association. As part of this Award Executive Director Vicky Smith and Development Director Kelli Shonter were given scholarships to attend the Community Tennis Development Workshop in Las Vegas, NV (Feb. 21-24, 2008).The USTA National Junior Tennis League seeks to develop the character of young people through tennis and to emphasize the ideals of Arthur Ashe by: ” Reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play the sport. ” Instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence. ” Giving youngsters the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can drive a lifetime of enjoyment form the sport.The King Street Youth Center has worked with the USTA since 2002 when the Kids on the Ball program was launched in partnership with the Sports and Fitness Edge. The Kids on the Ball program, created by local pro Jake Agna, provides an opportunity for low income Burlington children and youth to learn the great game of tennis. The King Street Youth Center currently brings tennis to Burlington youth through programming at the center, Burlington elementary and middle schools as well as tennis in the parks throughout the summer.The mission of the King Street Youth Center to promote personal and social wellness through educational, recreational and social programs.
Sunderland stalwart defender John Mensah is brimming with optimism that they can end their winless streak against West Brom on Saturday.The Black Cats have gone past seven games without a win, picking just a point from 21 games and occupying the 12th position on the table.But Mensah, nicknamed the “Rock of Gibraltar” has given the assurance that he and his colleagues have purposed to turn things around.“The recent unimpressive score line is not pleasant to we the players,the technical bench and our lovely supporters but we have put it behind us and striving to make amends starting from tomorrow,” he said in an exclusive interview with his official site johntherock5.com.Mensah, who was instrumental in the Black Stars impressive two outings against Congo Brazzaville and the Three Lions of England pointed out that:“We are determined to fix the recent stuttering run, we are in high spirits to go all out tomorrow.”Sunderland, with 38 points host West Brom, who are two points behind the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light in their league tie. Source: Ghanasoccernet.com