Never too young, Palm Beach Gardens tennis camp tells kids

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Jared Amrose has always played tennis for fun. Although he has never played competitively, on his second day at the Palm Beach Gardens’ youth tennis camp, he expressed confidence that he will soon be ready to play at that level.


Palm Beach Gardens is offering weekly tennis camps for kids ages 4 through 16 at the city’s Tennis Center, 5110 117th Court N.


The camps are one of the city’s many summer camp options for kids and will run through Aug. 15, the week before school starts.


“I’ve been in a lot of tennis camps and I think this is by far the best,” said Amrose, 14, from Jupiter.


Kids are taught by professionals certified in the United States Tennis Association 10 and Under Tennis, which was designed specifically to teach kids the basics of the game. The center has three tennis programs, which vary to fit the kids’ ages and skill levels.


Each professional works with a group of about five children, so the kids get individual attention while still playing in a group setting, said Wendy Tatum, operation coordinator of tennis for the city.


Tatum said she has seen kids who played when they were younger work their way up through the program and return as counselors.


“My goal for the kids in these programs is to get a love for the game,” she said, noting that tennis is a lifetime sport that is played by young and old alike.


Eszter DiMarzio, 37, said she played at the tennis center regularly several years ago, but stopped after having her first child.


She signed up her two children Bruno, 4, and Marina, 6, because she said the hour-long camp was convenient and helped keep her kids active.


“Every time I come, I feel like playing,” DiMarzio said.


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