Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders with tennis kids in College Park
COLLEGE PARK, GA (CBS46) -
Gold medalist Summer Sanders may have made a name for herself through swimming, but these days, she's spreading the word about how the sport of tennis can help kids fight obesity.
Sanders, who won four medals in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, including two gold medals, was in College Park Thursday touting free tennis lessons for kids through a program sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association.
"They've shortened the courts. They've made the nets lower," said Sanders. "The balls are bigger and spongier so they bounce slower and are slower moving, so the kids can actually connect."
Sanders, whose children play tennis, says the sport is a great way to get children active and healthier.
Among the children taking part in a free clinic Thursday at the Burdett Tennis Center in College Park was 8-year-old Germany Davis.
"It's more my size because I'm small and the court's small," said Germany.
The Peterson School of Tennis is hosting another free clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Burdett Tennis Center. Call 678-245-2601 for more information.
Several other locations throughout metro Atlanta also are hosting free tennis clinics in the coming weeks. Click here to find one near you.
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