By Maria Famakinwa
The 2022 edition of Ondo State Summer Tennis Clinic for the Northern Senatorial has come to a close.
The Summer Tennis Clinic is one of the initiatives of Arabinrin Akeredolu and it targets children between the ages of 4-13-years with the aims of identifying and developing talents in them and encouraging sports development among youths in the state, particularly at the grassroots.
In her keynote address, the First Lady who was represented by the Chairperson, Owo local government, Mrs Olanrewaju Adegbegi described the ability to train children of the Sunshine State in the sport of tennis as a “dream come true.” She expressed immense satisfaction with the outing which was held at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State.
She said: “The sporting initiative which was, at first, an experiment borne out of personal experience, has glaringly proved to be an amazing success.
“The program has been so rich as hunting ground for talents. Since its inception (in 2017), it has produced great talents in our illustrious children. It has changed their thoughts about life, given them a sense of belonging and improved on their prospects as they continue to advance on this path.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu however noted that the project was continuous one and charged parents, guardians and instructors to follow up on the talents discovered during the Clinic in order to further hone their talents.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee and special adviser to the governor of Ondo state, Mrs Olamide Falana expressed profound gratitude to the initiator of the programme for bringing this program to the North Senatorial District.