BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A tennis group at the Ensley Tennis Center is taking their passion for the sport of tennis and using it to create ways to support area youth and build relationships inside the community and outside.
The group plays out the James Lewis Tennis Center. Each year they hold a couple of events aimed at helping youth. The first event is the Black Out Tennis tournament. It is a community round-robin tournament which raises money for the bigger event, The Magic City Tennis Tournament.
That tournament will be played on September 20-22, 2019. Organizers discovered that the black-out event also helps to build relationships among those in their tennis community but also outside of Ensley as supporter show up from other communities.
The Magic City Tennis Tournament raises money for tennis youth scholarships and supports the James Lewis Tennis Center. The USTA sanctioned tournament draws players from throughout the southeast, who travel to Birmingham to compete for bragging rights, but also to make sure they too help support the tennis groups’ scholarship program.
This is a good news story that we got from Jefferson County Judge Michael Streety, who grew up playing on those courts in Ensley.