August 1, 2008

Yale Hosts New Haven Tennis Outreach Youth Program Event

Aug. 1, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Prentice Cup Team from England played a Pro-Am style doubles round-robin with the New Haven Tennis Outreach (NHTO) youth program Friday at the Yale Tennis courts.

Nine children from the NHTO participated in the event. After an exciting two hours of tennis competition, an award ceremony featured the New Haven youths presenting the members of the Great Britain Prentice Cup team with gifts commemorating the event. The Outreach participants received certificates from the Prentice Cup team honoring their achievements during the day for outstanding sportsmanship, effort and enthusiasm.

NHTO is a year-round program that provides tennis instruction and tutoring to New Haven youths between the age of seven and twelve. The program is run by the Yale men's and women's tennis teams and coaches.

The Prentice Cup is an international competition between Great Britain and the United States and is played every other year in alternating countries. The team from Great Britain, made up of three players from Oxford University and three players from Cambridge University, is touring the United States before Prentice Cup matches begin in three weeks against the American team, which features three players from Yale and three players from Harvard.

Former Yale team captain Chris Shackelton is part of the Prentice Cup Committee.

"The New Haven players were tremendous hosts today and we were pleased to be here representing the Great Britain Prentice Cup team," Shackelton said. "Our players have seen and done a lot of great things during their visit to the United States. But today they participated in one of the best experiences of the entire trip -- teaching, leading and sharing on a perfect day through the sport of tennis. We thank the New Haven Tennis Team for its excellent sportsmanship and outstanding play during our Pro-Am."

Yale men's tennis assistant coach Christian Appleman ran Friday's event.

"Today went absolutely perfect," Appleman said. "The Prentice Cup players were terrific with the kids, and our students played with outstanding sportsmanship and determination. They were great ambassadors for New Haven and for our program. I couldn't be prouder of the way we conducted ourselves throughout the competition and the awards ceremony. The benefit from this event will stay with our players for years to come. We are truly grateful to the Prentice Cup Team for taking an afternoon out of its busy schedule to do this event."

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity