CONCORD – Advantage Kids hosted the Second Annual U18 Concord Preseason Jamboree this past Saturday at the Health Club of Concord, showcasing talented kids from across the state in an exciting competition organizers are calling “a great success!”
Two dozen players brought their skills to the tournament, carrying banners from Bow, Kingswood, Oyster River, Keasarge, Concord, Bedford, and Derryfield High Schools. Advantage Kids is a nonprofit organization recognized by the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network for their work throughout the state of New Hampshire. Saturday’s Jamboree is just one of many engaging and accessible tennis and learning programs offered at no or low cost by Advantage Kids.
Champion Emma Place, a Derryfield School senior, “used a monster serve,” to claim the girls’ singles title with a 6-2 win over Oyster River sophomore Lavinia Palmer, the event organizers reported.
Focusing on giving all kids advantages in life, Advantage Kids draws inspiration from iconic Tennis Champion Billie Jean King, who once said, “Women’s sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women’s sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.”
The boys’ tournament didn’t fail to excite the crowd, either. “Concord High junior Liam Grennon emerged victorious from a 15-player field to win the boys’ singles title at the event,” Killinger reported. She went on to say, “Top-seeded Grennon employed an attacking style to defeat Bow’s [senior] Caleb Olson, 6-2, in the final.”
Advantage Kids is combining tennis, a lifelong sport, with learning and life skills to provide kids with a true advantage in life. Every 26 seconds, an American student will drop out of High School – that’s about 7,000 students a day (Miller, Tony. Partnering for Education Reform). The USTA Foundation, a strong supporter of Advantage Kids, reports that 48% of kids who play tennis get better grades and a whopping 81% say they will attend college.
Billie Jean King said, “Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”
Sportsmanship awards were given to Bow’s Daniel Silva and Bedford’s Paige Muir, while Kingswood’s Emily Carpenter and Bedford’s Andrew Kemp won raffle prizes.
The Second Annual U18 Preseason Junior Tennis Jamboree, held last Saturday, March 9, at the Health Center of Concord, was a success on and off the court, engaging nearly two dozen youth from across the state in what Advantage Kids Founder, Dr. Rob Rondstadt, calls, “a sport for life.”
Those interested in learning more about Advantage Kids are encouraged to follow us on FaceBook and Instagram, and to take part in upcoming statewide events.