RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy to Open this Summer

RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy to Open this Summer

RICHMOND- The Richmond Tennis Association will partner with the City of Richmond in a new program for underserved youth.

City Tennis Director Victor Rizzi and Chris Suttmiller, director of the RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy, will invite kids in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities summer camp to participate.

The RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy will be supported by the remaining prize money awarded to the City DPRCF when Richmond was named one of the top three best tennis towns in a 2010 national contest sponsored by the USTA.

RTA Advisory Board Member Shima Grover said she is excited about the new academy at Byrd Park.

“I hope the RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy will nurture a life-long love of tennis in more City of Richmond youth and help them to become more self-reliant and fitness conscious,” Grover said.

The academy will provide free tennis lessons every weekday morning from 9 a.m. to noon beginning July 2 through August 23.

When Suttmiller is not teaching summer campers, he will be available for free tennis lessons for area juniors. Contact him to sign up for lessons.

Suttmiller, former tennis director at the Dominion Club and Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, is a professional tennis instructor certified by the Professional Tennis Registry. Other instructors from the Department of Parks and Recreation will also coach.

Volunteer assistants are being sought for the program. Volunteers may register here.

Contact Shima Grover at shimagro@gmail.com with questions.