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Summer Tennis Academy Coming To Escalon
Future Stars 2000 Tennis Academy and Escalon Recreation Department are joining forces to bring tennis lessons to local youths and adults for the summer of 2012.

Session 1 starts Friday morning, June 8 and runs for the full month, June 15, 22 and 29. Session 2 will run Friday mornings, July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3. Classes will be on the tennis courts at Escalon High School and three levels will be offered.

Tiny Tots, for 4- to 7-year-olds, will run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the session fee for all four classes is $35. Pre-Academy, for ages 8 to 17 for beginners, will run from 9:30 10:30 a.m. and the fee is $55. The junior excellence/adults class runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the cost is $65.

Running the academy is Lance Turner, a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) certified instructor, who is a former #1 player at University of the Pacific.

A dentist in Lodi by trade, tennis is his passion and he offers the academy throughout the valley, from Sacramento to Manteca, Modesto to Lodi, Livermore to Brentwood.

His Future Stars 2000 has also helped with bringing a tennis center in Manteca to fruition and Turner works with Jim Lawhorn, who has been teaching the sport for almost 50 years, to put on the Future Stars academies.

"I'm the executive director and Jimmy is vice president of the advisory board," Turner said of the two working cooperatively in the venture.

Lawhorn is a former #1 player at both Delta and Stanislaus State, so the two bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles as instructors.

Turner said the goal is to introduce the sport to a wider audience and help supplement the knowledge and improve on the skills of players already familiar with the game.

Tennis racquets will be available for the first day of lessons for those that don't have their own. Turner said they hope to work cooperatively with the city and the school, possibly even doing a fundraising tournament at some point as a benefit.

"They need more activities for the kids in the summer," Turner said of another reason to bring tennis to the courts at the high school. "Bridget (Rec Director Bridget Gaines) has been awesome from the beginning."

Future Stars can be reached at 209-483-8430 for more information or to sign up. The first session starts next Friday, June 8.