WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 15, 2011) - The UNCW men's tennis team will partner with the United States Tennis Association (UTSA) to expose junior players to college tennis in the nationwide Campus Kids Day on Saturday, March 19.
The Seahawks will conduct the event during their Colonial Athletic Association match against Old Dominion at 1 p.m.
The Campus Kids Day program, originated by the USTA, provides interaction for junior tennis players, along with their parents and coaches, to college varsity tennis matches.
UNCW fourth-year head coach Mait DuBois said the Seahawks are excited about being part of the event.
"Wilmington has such an outstanding local tennis community and we really enjoy connecting with the young people in our area," he said. "I think it's very important for young people to not only have someone to look up to, but someone they can speak with and get advice."
The goal of the USTA program is to get more junior players on college campuses at a young age and allowing them to see, first-hand, the fun and excitement of college tennis.
DuBois said, "I still remember what an impact it made on me when I was able to meet with college players as a young person. I hope this event has the same effect on a young person as the experience I was lucky enough to experience."
Admission is free to UNCW's matches. Refreshments will be provided for all fans in attendance. The two junior fans that are not prospective student-athletes and display the most "spirit" during the match will win a free UNCW T-shirt and an opportunity to play a tiebreaker against a Seahawk player.