by Julie Wrege
Monday, July 19, 2004
Over 100 DC-area youngsters ages 6-13 years were hosted to "Kids' Day at the Clays" on Monday by the tournament staff and Prince Sporting Goods.
The children were fortunate to meet with Dave Fish of Harvard, Mark Riley of Penn, and Bobby Bayliss of Notre Dame. These coaches spoke and encouraged the children to take up tennis and study hard in school. The coaches then worked with the children on court -- and they were assisted by three California players competing in The Championships who volunteered -- Brian Brogan (Los Gatos), Kaes Van't Hoft (Thousand Oaks), and Kareem Berdai (San Jose).
Prince gave each child attending a brand new Prince racquet and their very own racquet bag. The children also received a tournament T-shirt and a college T-shirt that had been given to the tournament by the colleges whose coaches are attending The Clays.
The children had a pizza lunch with ice cream for dessert and then got to watch the best young men in the country compete in the USTA National Boys 18-16 Clays for about an hour.
Overall it was a very rewarding day for the young children attending, but also for Prince and all those who helped out with this event.