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How Community Based Youth Programs Can Move the Dial Using Tennis as the Tool

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As the US Tennis Association (USTA) looks towards 2011 with a new initiative designed to engage more kids as early as the age of ten or younger in tennis activities specifically designed for them, this will be a chance for you to listen live as USTA Northern California staff members Lita Anderson, Manager of Community Outreach and Silvia Duenas Bielser, Program Rep. for Diversity and Latino Outreach as they have an enlightening discussion with special guest Mr. Dante Westbrook, Tennis Program Director for the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center Tennis Program. Since 1981 the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center has been serving the Western Addition Community of San Francisco. It is nothing short of a community anchor, providing job training and placement for over 500 families, housing 200+ people during its tenure as an after-hour homeless shelter facility between 2002 - 2008, the host of numerous community conferences and events. The myriad of services, referrals and support to the residents of the Western Addition Community seems endless. One of the highlights of the center is its thriving after school program which includes a tennis program designed to empower youth through athleticism, cultural enrichment, parental involvement and leadership development. Mr. Westbrook will be on to discuss the impact the tennis program is actually having on kids in the community and he will also discuss ways others can do the same. Tune in to listen, call in to join the conversation or just be inspired!