The 2017 Citywide Children’s Clinic, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management-U.S., will be held on January 28 at 4 p.m. at T Bar M Racquet Club in Dallas, TX. This event is part of the 19th annual RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas, taking place January 28 through February 4, 2017. As the largest continuous Men’s Professional Tennis Tournament in Texas, it has become a favorite stop of players on the pro tour and draws nearly 10,000 spectators throughout the week.
Each year, U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit competitors from around the world land in Dallas, Texas for the annual RBC Tennis Championships. They’re well prepared to compete in a sport they’ve mastered in a familiar tournament atmosphere – one that tests their endurance, grit and determination.
But unlike these pro athletes, there’s another group of individuals that will step on to the same hardcourts for what may be their very first time. They’ll experience the sport in a much different way than the pros, but with just as much excitement, energy and enthusiasm.
The group, made up of 100 children from the Dallas metroplex will be victorious no matter what, learning new lessons and making fun memories they’ll cherish for years to come. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is organized for them by the Dallas Tennis Association (DTA), a nonprofit that has provided tennis, education and life skills to the under-resourced youth of the Dallas community for more than 30 years.
At this event, known as the Citywide Children’s Clinic, everyone is a qualifier – no matter their athletic ability or socioeconomic status. The participants, ranging in ages from three to 18, receive tennis instruction from the pro players themselves. As positive role models, the pros instill confidence and sportsmanship within the children and are a shining example of a strong work ethic.
The clinic is held on the opening day of the tournament’s qualifying rounds and is free to any child in the Dallas metroplex. Additionally, throughout the following days of the tournament, the DTA hosts free clinics for the deaf and Latino communities.