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M'ville Parks & Rec. offers tennis lessons

 

Andrew Hines

Genevieve O'Malley, front, demonstrates proper movement for the class as Debbie Powell, back, mimics her movements at Totem Middle School on July 19.

Are you looking to learn a new sport or simply trying to find something to get you out of your house?

The Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department offers Adult Tennis Lessons instructed by long-time tennis player and coach Arnie Moreno. They offer these lessons every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Totem Middle School tennis courts.

"With adults, a lot of them are just looking for something to stay fit, or they played in high school and they just want to get back into it. That's amazing and fun because I want to play tennis until I'm 90 years old, as long as I can crawl out onto the court," said Moreno.

Moreno has been immersed in tennis for over 40 years and doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon. He is most well-known for being the longtime Shorewood High School varsity tennis coach and has been involved with Marysville's summer programs for roughly 20 years. Throughout his long tenure in tennis Moreno has accumulated a long list of accolades including Seattle PI Tennis Coach of the Year, WSU Educator of Excellence and King 5 Coach that makes a Difference, just to name a few.

"For me, it's a way that I can teach others a great sport and a lifetime sport. I know it's a cliché and everybody says that, but it really is true. It's not only a lifetime sport, but also a lifetime of fun and I am lucky as a retired teacher do what I want to do, which is to teach tennis and play tennis. I personally play tennis two to three times a week. I play year-round and I am a certified professional with PTR which allows me to go to clinics and learn even more than I know now," said Moreno.

Besides teaching adults the sport of tennis, Moreno also helped create lessons for younger players and a team for them to compete on.

"I come from a place where there are many programs for tennis starting very young and going up to adults where everyone can come out and learn the game. So when I was coaching there, there would be 60-70 boys and girls trying out for the team. So, about 12 years ago we started a Junior team that competes regularly against local clubs. It provides a lot of those kids who want to improve, an outlet to do that and train for their league," said Moreno.

If you would like to sign up for adult tennis lessons, you can find more information at http://marysvillewa.gov/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation. If you are looking to sign up your child for the junior tennis lessons or team, you can find that information at the Marysville Parks and Rec. website as well.

 

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