Columbus Alive: Community feature: Bobby Ferguson builds on African American tennis legacy

In Columbus, generations of black tennis players thrived in clubs at Beatty Community Center and Wolfe Park, which is currently the site of junior tennis program Ace with Love.

“At any point in time during the summer, you could see 70 to 80 kids on the tennis court for [the last] 24 years,” said Ace with Love founder Ed Amos.

Years ago, Bobby Ferguson was one of those kids.

“It was an opportunity for me to see kids of my complexion playing tennis,” said Ferguson, who grew up in South Linden. “I got to meet some cool people and I just really took a liking to it.”

Starting the sport as a young teen, Ferguson was behind in skill level. But through intense practice, private lessons and support from his family, he soon became an impressive athlete.

Summer614 Fest at the Columbus Commons

3-11 p.m. Saturday, June 1

160 S. High St., Downtown

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22nd Foundation Release New Promotional Video “EVERY CHILD”

 

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Brentnell Recreation Tennis Program Launch

22nd Foundation and A&L Afterschool Literacy+ Institue launched a summer 2014 tennis camp program at Bretnell Recreation.

Twice a week the 22nd Foundation will hold tennis instruction classes for recreation and playground kids. The program will run until the end of July. Youth will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of tennis, importance of childhood obesity, receive a free snack, and play a game that will teach them values in life.

 

WHY TENNIS

USTA SERVES SPECIAL REPORT SHOWS YOUTH WHO PLAY TENNIS
GET BETTER GRADES, PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE,
AND ARE MORE COMMUNITY-MINDED

Statistics show 48% Of Tennis Players Have an “A” Average and
81% Aspire to Attend College

Tennis Participation Positively Influences the Lives of U.S. Youth
Across All Socioeconomic Levels

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DEVIN BOYER Places 3rd in USTA Midwest Level 3 Tournament

Devin Boyer wins 3rd place boys singles def. Ajay Mathenthiran 6-2 6-1, Devin also won 1st place singles with doubles partner Griffin Biernat 8-2 in the finals. Sydni Ratliff took 1st place in singles def. Elizabeth Pendergast 7-6(4),6-1, Sydni also won 1st place doubles with partner Paige Herremans 8-5 in the finals.