CENTRAL FALLS, Ri – Central Falls is no longer the only municipality in Rhode Island without a tennis court.
Tuesday morning, a ribbon cutting is scheduled at the new Sacré-Coeur tennis courts, a facility funded by the American Tennis Association of New England and the state’s Department of Environmental Management. International tennis leaders will be on hand to help the city celebrate.
Using the new courts and expert instruction, downtown youth will be exposed to the game and learn athletic skills, Mayor Maria Rivera said in a press release.
The US Tennis Association New England has been working in Central Falls since 2015, offering free lessons through the Department of Parks and Recreation and Progreso Latino. The response has been positive, with programs on the waiting list. Until now, young participants had to use creative spaces such as gymnasiums and paved parking lots, Rivera’s office said.
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Todd Martin, former world-class professional player and CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will visit the city on Tuesday; Dave Champoux, president of the US Tennis Association New England, and Claudio Mejia of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony on August 3 at 10 a.m. at 1, avenue du Sacré-Coeur.