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Youngsters shine at JN Open Kiddies Clinic

first_img “Based on the enthusiasm, we observed on the court at the Liguanea Club, we know that some of these participants have already fallen in love with the sport; and we may very well have some emerging tennis stars,.” the youth marketing officer declared. An elated Shaniqua, the older of the two sisters, related that their informal home-based family activity, gave them the confidence that was displayed on the court. “We are very excited to be here, as we are used to playing at home; but not on an actual tennis court. Therefore, this experience is extremely fun. We learned how to hold the racket properly; and how to hit the ball over the net with speed,” she outlined. Andrew Savage was present to witness his daughters’ triumph and could not contain his excitement. Following the announcement, he dashed onto the court to celebrate with them and the other top performers. “I am so happy that my daughters received this opportunity. I watch them play at home and sometimes we all play as a family. It is such a good feeling that they will now be exposed to the game in a more formal manner, and, hopefully, to go on to greater things.” It is a regular occurrence to see Jhordine and Shaniqua Savage playing tennis at their home with the zest and vitality which is normally seen on a tennis court in competitive matches. Consequently, when the sisters were given the chance to attend the JN Open Tennis Championship Kiddies Clinic, they grasped the opportunity that would enable them to refine their self-taught skills through formal coaching; and to hopefully, one day, take their game from their yard to a real tennis court. And this came true. Both Jordine and Shaniqua, age nine and 12, respectively, were placed among the top five of the 27 participants in the Kiddies Clinic. Each secured a one-year training scholarship at the Liguanea Club to develop their basic skills after being deemed promising. Rounding out the top five recipients of one-year scholarships were: Harbour View Primary’s Tristan Bethun, Armando Carter and Amelia Calvert. Michelle Webster Gauntlette, youth marketing officer at Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), says the Kiddies Clinic was introduced two years ago, as a training initiative, associated with Jamaica National’s annual sponsorship of the JN Open Tennis Championship. “Our objective was to expose youngsters who had already declared their interest in the sport at an early age, to provide an opportunity for them to refine their skills in a formal setting and move to another level,” Mrs Webster Gauntlette stated. Enthusiasm aplentylast_img read more


first_imgGatlin said that the Chamber of Commerce, the police department, the three neighborhood councils, local restaurants and unions have all been helping out, volunteering to clean up the area and help build the homes. In addition, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has been working closely with Habitat for Humanity to make sure everything runs smoothly and has been in contact with Carter since before he chose to build in San Pedro. “\ told him how honored I would be to have him in San Pedro for this year’s build,” said Hahn, whose father, former county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was a close friend of Carter. “He could have chosen any city in the world, so having him in San Pedro means a great deal to me.” The councilwoman hopes that the project draws attention to the need for affordable housing in Los Angeles and the benefits of home ownership. “We know that when families own homes, kids do better in school, families thrive and neighborhoods thrive,” she said. Gatlin sees the week as an opportunity to raise San Pedro’s visibility. “We’re one of the best-kept secrets in the world,” he said. “So many volunteers are coming in to help, plus the world media will be here for a week. We have the opportunity to show off who we are and what we offer.” In addition, he is confident that working on new homes will bring the already close-knit community closer together. “The whole community is rallying around for good things,” he said. There are a few opportunities for the public to get involved in the Jimmy Carter Work Project celebration. Sunday’s Habitat Festival will kick off the week of work with a multicultural faith service, followed by food, live music and games. The official opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. The Central neighborhood council has organized Jimmy Jam, a tribute to President Carter that will follow the Habitat for Humanity closing ceremonies on Thursday night. Gatlin applauded Central council member Dan Pasley for the idea for the free event, which will feature speakers and entertainment. In addition, there are still limited volunteer opportunities available. More information can be found at www.habitatla.org or www.jcwpla.org rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER A spotlight will shine on San Pedro over the next week as former President Jimmy Carter, his wife, celebrities and local officials descend on the town for the Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project. Residents have been coming together to help build a new low-income housing subdivision and have been working for months to prepare the town for guests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The JCWP is helping to build or rehabilitate 100 homes around Los Angeles, including some in San Pedro. A new 16-home development, Harborside Terrace, is being built at 308 N. Palos Verdes St. on what used to be a vacant lot. Of the two-story duplexes, 10 will be three-bedroom homes and six will be four-bedroom homes. Work on the development began in February and is scheduled to be completed next week, with a dedication by Carter on Friday. The new owners of the homes were selected earlier in the year, based on socioeconomic status. According to its Web site, Habitat for Humanity sells its homes to low-income families “at no profit and financed with affordable loans” and requires families to work on their own home and other projects. Carter will be in the area from Sunday to Friday, bringing with him a slew of volunteers and media. “We’re doing what we can to spit-shine the community,” said Joe Gatlin, president of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, which covers the area where the subdivision is being built. “It feels like we won the lottery with this.” last_img read more