B&G Club brings back youth tennis camp

Participants at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula’s 2013 summer tennis camp get busy with a drill. - Submitted photo
Participants at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula’s 2013 summer tennis camp get busy with a drill.
— image credit: Submitted photo

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula hosts its sixth-annual two-week summer tennis camp for children ages 5-17.

The camp is at the Sequim High School tennis courts from 9 a.m.-noon July 7-18.

Camp organizers say the goal is to have fun and learn tennis, the so-called “sport of a lifetime.”

Register at the Carroll C. Kendall Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim.

Camp cost for Boys & Girls Club members is $10 or $40 for non-members. The fee for non-members includes a club membership valid through Dec. 31.

T-shirts, snacks and lunches are included.

The tennis camp is organized and planned by the new U.S. Tennis Association-recognized B&G Youth Tennis Association. Camp coaches include Don Thomas of Sequim and his brother Bill of Bisbee, Ariz. (both United States Professional Tennis Association teaching professionals); Justine Wagner, Sequim High School varsity head coach; varsity SHS players Karen Chan and Mathew Richards, and as many as 20 community volunteers.

In past years, the camp has drawn as many as 115 children and nearly 30 volunteers.

For more information, call the Sequim Boys & Girls Club at 683-8095 or e-mail

About the new tennis group

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula has teamed up with local youth tennis players to form a recreational and competitive tennis association. The newly-formed Peninsula Youth Tennis Association, recognized by the U.S. Tennis Association, will host tennis camps, recreational tennis play times and tournaments.

“Youth tennis is one of our new areas of support,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mary Budke. “We have the tennis equipment and funds from local donors and we are excited about putting them to use.”

The association is open to all youths ages 6-18 from Sequim, Port Angeles and the outlying areas.  The coed association will host camps and tournaments at either the Sequim High School courts or in Port Angeles on the Erickson Park tennis courts.

“The Sequim courts are convenient to most of the kids in the association, but they aren’t suitable for USTA sanctioned tournaments,” said Chan. “We’re planning a two-week tennis camp this summer in Sequim, followed by this area’s first ever youth tennis tournament.”


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