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June 22, 2013

All-Court Tennis Camp celebrates 10th anniversary

The All-Court Tennis Camp, held at the Pingree School courts in South Hamilton, offers something for everyone.

Now in its 10th year, the All-Court Tennis Camp features many instructors who former campers. The first of their five weekly sessions begins Monday.

Camp director Eric Olson has been a tennis coach at Pingree for the past 18 years, first with the boys and the past two seasons with the girls. Many instructors are former Pingree and Hamilton-Wenham Regional athletes, and several former campers are now making an impact on tennis courts at the high school and college level.

“Many counselors keep coming back to teach here year after year because we love working with kids, enjoy the opportunity to teach campers more about tennis and because of our love for the sport,” said Brian Rodgers, a member of the University of South Carolina club tennis team. He was a former Hamilton-Wenham captain, where he played second singles and was a Cape Ann League All-League player. Rodgers has worked at the camp for the last four years.

Other counselors include Spencer Collins from Hamilton-Wenham, a former CAL All-League first doubles player; former Pingree captains Anders Olson (now a member of the Northeastern club team) and Ingrid Olson; ex-Pingree first singles star and captain Tim Knowles; and Pingree captain and first singles player Hayden Steward, who will play Division 1 tennis at Quinnipiac.

“Tim, Anders, Ingrid and Nate Olson keep coming back to teach here year after year,” said Rodgers.

“Tennis is a sport you can play at any age; I first became serious about the sport after going to All-Court as a camper. I hope to foster the same love for the sport that I found here in others. Hopefully, some of them will continue to play in high school or college as I have.”

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