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Making a difference in Vero Beach

January 9, 2007 12:02 PM

On Dec. 16, 2006, WTA player Shenay Perry visited with girls from the Gifford Youth Activity Center (GYAC) at Westside Racquet Club in Vero Beach to talk about goal setting and maintaining a positive outlook in life.

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Even with her busy schedule, Shenay Perry, ranked No. 45 in the world, still found time to show support for these girls.  By the end of the day, she had signed tennis balls for each girl to take home.  Her father, Ron Perry, who is the director of tennis at Westside Racquet Club, was glad his daughter could attend.

The Gifford Youth Activity Center offers a wide variety of programs and classes for kids, adults and seniors in the Gifford/Indian River community, encouraging each individual to achieve his/her ultimate potential.  The center provides a safe place for children to be in a positive, nurturing environment during after school hours, before parents are home.  Currently, the GYAC has two courts where individuals in the program receive free lessons from USTA region 6 volunteer, Herbie Haase

Region 6 community coordinator Janet Sprague visits Westside Racquet Club at least once a week to promote USTA tennis.

“Shenay, Ron, and his wife Deb are just great individuals,” said Janet.  “They care about helping the community and it is evident in everything they do.”

Thank you Shenay, Westside Racquet Club and Gifford Youth Activity Center for supporting your community and making a difference!

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