Elizabeth Profit, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was two-years-old, has stayed in great shape while training for tennis. Photo by Jason Lewis
Tequan Neal looks as fit as any football or basketball player. He has done it while it while training at the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy. Photo by Jason Lewis
Youth Tennis Days promotes a healthy lifestyle of youngsters.
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Through tennis, Venus and Serena Williams are two of the fittest women in the world. While tennis is a highly skilled sport, it also requires its players to be some of the greatest athletes. On the professional level, there are no out of shape tennis players, and on the recreational level, many people use the sport to stay in shape.
The Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy trains youth tennis players, and it also promotes a healthy lifestyle through sports training. The academy strives to combat obesity and diabetes in children, which is in line with First Lady Michelle Obama and the United States Tennis Association’s “Let’s Move” initiative.
Through the Youth Tennis Days events, the academy will provide information about preventing diabetes and controlling it.
One of the academy’s former players, Elizabeth Profit, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was two-years-old, but that did not stop her from becoming one of the top tennis players for her age group. Profit, who wears an insulin pump while she plays, is now 16-years-old and she is working towards becoming a professional tennis player.
The academy will host free tennis lessons for children 10 and under on Saturdays at various parks in the Los Angeles area. At each of the scheduled Youth Tennis Days, parents will be able to sign their children up for six weeks of free lessons.
Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held (prizes will include junior rackets, dolls, remote controlled cars, etc).
For more information, contact the the Venus and Serena Williams Tutorial/Tennis Academy at 323-292-6844.
Youth Tennis Days will be held at:
Rancho Cienga Park, 5001 Rodeo Rd, Los Angeles, February 23, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ed Vincent Park, 700 Warren Lane, Inglewood, March 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Van Ness Recreation Center, 5720 2nd Ave., Los Angeles, March 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Green Meadow Recreation Center, 431 E. 89th St., Los Angeles, March 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ted Watkins Park, 1335 E. 103rd St, Los Angeles, March 30, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Loren Miller Recreation Center, 2717 Halldale Ave., Los Angeles, April 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ross Snyder Recreation Center, 1501 E. 41st., Los Angeles, April 6, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.