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The York-area Tennis For Kids program is returning for its 27th season, starting June 19.

The program provides free tennis lessons, three days a week, from June 19 until July 21 at many of its locations. The program is open to children ages 7 through 16 and the organization says no child has ever been turned away. In cases of financial need, rackets are provided by the program.

“The primary purpose of Tennis For Kids is to give children from all walks of life, without regard to religion, race, sex, ethnic or national origin, the opportunity to learn, without financial cost, the fundamentals of a lifetime recreational activity, the opportunity for expanded social contact early in life and the opportunity to fill often-empty hours, particularly summer hours, with a wholesome experience," said Stef Campisi, the local president of Tennis For Kids.

"While the program is free to children, it is made possible through the generosity of businesses, some municipalities, some civic groups and many individuals. Only its site directors and members of their staff, numbering some 200, get paid.”

This year, there will be 19 locations in operation, including: Farquhar Park, Penn Park, Dallastown High School, Jacobus, Loganville and Springfield parks, Hellam Recreation Complex, Dover High School, West York High School, South Western High School, Spring Grove High School, Northeastern High School, York Suburban High School, York Suburban Middle School, Springettsbury Recreation Complex, York College, Penn State York, New Oxford High School and Gettysburg High School.

The sessions run from 9-11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, weather permitting, or unless determined otherwise. Of note, the sessions at Northeastern and Dover will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Initial registration will be held at each site on June 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. However, the program will accept children through July 21.

For details about the program, to register or for ways to help financially, visit http://www.tennisforkidsyork.com/.

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