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.
With Syracuse football training camp a few weeks away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out dailyorange.com and follow along here to countdown to camp.Zaire FranklinPosition: Middle linebackerYear: JuniorHt: 6-0Wt: 230There may be no player on Syracuse more mature beyond his years than Zaire Franklin. Entering his second year as a captain, the junior will anchor a defense that can only go up.Last year after the Orange was officially eliminated from bowl contention, Franklin took the podium and offered no excuses, no sugarcoating, just “we weren’t good enough” and disappointment. That included himself, who had his blemishes during a 4-8 season — most notably a penalty that negated a would-be fourth down late in regulation against Virginia, allowing the Cavaliers to keep their drive alive, eventually send the game to overtime and ultimately win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis year, Franklin returns to the middle linebacker spot, where he led the team in total tackles last year with 81. He was second in tackles for loss with 11. He also tacked on an interception and two forced fumbles. If Syracuse and Dino Babers are going to lean on one defensive player to flip the script on that side of the ball, it’ll be Franklin.Franklin was limited during spring practice with an unspecified injury, but has returned to full strength, he told Syracuse.com at the ACC Football Kickoff. In the middle of second-year starter Parris Bennett and first-year starter Jonathan Thomas — the current pecking order on the depth chart — Franklin will have to guide another unit with no seniors that struggled at times last year to prevent some elite running backs from going down in the second level.“We’re just looking forward to heading into camp as healthy as possible, leaving camp as healthy as possible and getting win one against Colgate,” Franklin told Syracuse.comHealth has been a huge issue for the defense in years past, especially last year. Except for holes left by the departures of Julian Whigham and Ron Thompson, most of the starters are returners.The most notable of those returners is Franklin, and on his shoulders rest the heightened expectations in a new regime and the personal expectation of being anything better than last year.Read more about Zaire Franklin:Zaire Franklin trails off after hot start in loss to PanthersZaire Franklin prepares to embrace leadership role as sophomoreFreshman Franklin gives glimpse into the future with strong showing in loss to N.C. State Published on July 30, 2016 at 10:19 am Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 5: Rodney Williams vs. Kielan WhitnerSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 5: Replacing Riley DixonSyracuse football preseason player file No. 6: Steve Ishmael Comments