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Trenton Kids At The US Open

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The US Open officially kicked off at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and a few kids from Trenton were able to go out and watch some tennis matches a day early.  They were part of the National Junior Tennis League of Trenton and Meg had the opportunity to hit some balls out on the court with them. The Executive Director Rob Howland told Meg about the benefits of this program to the students of Trenton and how they are currently helping over 100 at-risk kids a year.

These are kids from a town filled with crime and delinquency and this program offers them a way out.  Howland tells Meg that, “we really strive to use tennis as a hook, which isn’t a sport that’s traditionally played in an urban community and we use tennis to get them engaged and then push academic excellence, healthy lifestyle, acceptance of others and character education.”

The program is referred to as the ACE Program which combines tennis, education and nutrition and now the US Tennis Association has picked it up.

In the studio the Chasers commend this program and discuss the importance of using sports as an outlet for kids in bad neighborhoods. These kinds of programs may not necessarily help the current violence on the street but it does offer the younger generations a distraction and a hobby that will hopefully replace a toxic lifestyle.

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