среда, 14 марта 2012 г.

Dorchester tennis club honors its founders, looks to future

Dorchester tennis club honors its founders, looks to future

Elisa A. Batista

Known by a longtime user as "the mecca of black tennis," the Franklin Field Tennis Center on Blue Hill Avenue has embraced inner-city youth for 35 years.

The first black-owned and black-operated tennis center became a national model as it introduced the sport to inner-city children and was a pulpit for black tennis stars like Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.

"This is the mother ship right here," said James "Jimmy" Hite, president of the Carter Playground Tennis Association and a tennis instructor for 23 years.

Hite along with many other club members and supporters including …

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