‘Tennis Clinic To Build Rivers Junior Team’
A Sports philanthropist and Chairman of Rivers State Tennis Association (RSTA), Chief Ikenna Okafor said that the essence of the “Catch-Them-Young Tennis Clinic” among the three Senatorial Districts was to build a state junior tennis team.
Chief Okafor who made this known at the closing ceremony of the 2nd edition of Catch-Them-Young Tennis Clinic for Rivers East Senatorial District, held at the tennis court along Niger/Bende street in old Port Harcourt township said a total of 24 players of male and female have been selected from the three Districts to form the team that would be groomed to stardom.
He said as future tennis stars, they should combine the game with their educational career and enjoined them to develop the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Okafor expressed delight with the players discovered during the clinic, and thanked the coaches for their work.
The sports philanthropist presented tennis kits to the winners.
In his speech, a member of All Stars Tennis club, Port Harcourt Township, Mr. Minainyo Igali noted that it is not easy to sponsor such tournament and advised that there should be a follow-up for those talents discovered.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of the clinic, Mr. Emmanuel Obiora expressed gratitude to the sponsor, and hoped that next year’s edition would be better.
The boys selected at the end of the exercise were Mekere Mekere, Emmanuel Uzochi, Mac-George and Henry Tamunosiki while the girls include Sabbath Goodnews, Justina Joseph, Faith Mark and Ibiso Jonathan.