by Michael Bascombe

NEW YORK, October 16, 2012 – Grenadians in the Diaspora have responded positively to a recent request for tennis equipment by Senior Tennis Coach Richie Hughes and the Grenada Lawn Tennis Association.

So far three Grenadians residing in the United States have contributed over 300 tennis balls to assist young players throughout the island.

The request, which was made through the Grenada Consulate in New York and its Press Attaché Michael Bascombe, has generated interested from Grenadians who have a passion for sports as well as the development of the island.

California-based Augustine Panchoo contributed two 120-ball buckets of red (beginners) and orange dot balls; Mike McQuilkin in New York provided more than 80 balls and retired agricultural agronomist Dr Winston Phillips shipped about 30 tennis balls from Arizona.

Hughes expressed appreciation to the three individuals who donated the tennis balls and encouraged others to assist in the development of the sport on the island.

“On behalf of the hundreds of young tennis players and the tennis association (GLTA), I want to thank you for this initiative and also to the people who donated these tennis balls,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

The request for mini-tennis nets and balls was made out of a need to assist the young boys and girls who have expressed an interest in the sport.

The donated tennis balls were handed over to the President of the GLTA, Mr Earl Charles by Permanent Secretaries Elizabeth Henry-Greenidge (Foreign Affairs) and Veda Bruno-Victor (Sports) on behalf of the contributors.

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