NEW HAVEN, CT, USA – Sloane Stephens took to the court at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale to bring smiles and unforgettable memories to New Haven children on Tuesday.
The American took part in the Connecticut Open’s 14th Free Tennis Lesson, working with 350 third graders on their tennis game and encouraging them to continue practicing the sport.
“The Free Tennis Lesson is a fantastic example of the Connecticut Open being more than a tennis tournament,” Stephens said. “Encouraging children to learn and grow through the sport of tennis is a cause close to my heart and there was nothing better than seeing the smiles on their faces today.”
Stephens was in town to accept a wildcard into this year’s Connecticut Open in August as she returns to competition following left foot surgery and recovery. While in New Haven, she also announced a relaunch of her Soles4Souls campaign.
Through Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects new and used shoes and clothing and redistributes it to those in need around the world, Stephens and the Connecticut Open collected a colossal 550lbs worth of shoes in 2016, and Stephens hopes to continue the success later this year.
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