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Kay McDaniel Tennis Clinics Celebrate 25 Years

Tennis Clinic w/Kay

Lee University will host its annual Kay McDaniel Summer Tennis Clinic, held at Lee’s tennis courts from June 6-10. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the clinics. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from former world-ranked professional tennis player and camp director, McDaniel, and her staff of instructors.

Starting April 1, parents can register their kids for the 2016 Kay McDaniel Tennis Clinics. About 300 youth have already registered for this year’s clinics, so only 100 spots remain open. These spots fill quickly so parents will want to register their child soon, according to McDaniel.

“Each year over 40 devoted instructors help to put on a spectacular time for these kids. Our main goal is to serve not only tennis, but the love of God to every child,” said McDaniel. “Not only do these kids learn to play a sport that can last a lifetime, but they learn that God’s love lasts even longer than a lifetime. The kids have so much fun that they never want the clinics to end.”

The girl’s session will run from 8-10 a.m. and the boy’s session is from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The clinics are free. The ages for participants range from 6-13 and all skill levels are accepted, especially beginners.

Another unique feature about McDaniel’s clinics is that children who have participated in the clinics can still be involved as a junior instructor after turning 14.

“It delights me that so many kids had such wonderful experiences at my clinics that they eagerly desire to give back to the game by offering their time and talents to younger kids,” said McDaniel. “They do a phenomenal job! Many of these kids become Lee University students because of their experiences in these clinics.”

McDaniel will share inspiring stories of how she overcame difficult obstacles in sports and in life. From age 11 she dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player. Her first tennis racquet was a Green Stamp racket which McDaniel collected over 10,000 stamps to obtain.

Her mother sewed all her tennis clothes until age 15 when her achievements earned her top sponsors such as Fila, Adidas, Tail, and Nike that lasted throughout her career. McDaniel went on to realize her dreams by competing at tennis’ Grand Slams for six years against legendary players including Billie Jean, Martine Navratilova, Chris Evert, and Steffi Graf. She rose to the top 35 in the world in singles and held a #20 world ranking in doubles.

Kay McDaniel Tennis Clinic Award
Samuel Sukhrobov receives “Most Improved” award from McDaniel in 2015

McDaniel, an assistant professor at Lee in the Department of Health and Exercise Science and Secondary Education, hopes to inspire all kids to dream big and dare to believe they can reach them despite the obstacles. Her tennis clinics receive rave reviews from parents and kids alike. Last year over 25 cities were represented in McDaniel’s tennis clinics.

“All four of my kids count down the days every year for Ms. Kay’s clinics,” said one participant’s parent. “She inspires them to want to be better players and people. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. She and her team are patient and kind to all the kids. Her stories are legendary as well.”

Prizes such as tennis grips, sweatbands, tennis visors, water bottles, T-shirts, and other items are given during the week. On the last day, an awards event will take place where four special prizes are given to participants.

For more information or to register, visit www.kaymcdanieltennisclinics.com.
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