“The USTA School Day is a wonderful event that shows our local students how fun it is to get outdoors, exercise and eat nutritious food,” said Ferreras. “We are not only creating awareness that Flushing Meadows Corona Park is for everyone, but we are also giving kids the tools they need to learn about tennis and engage in a healthy lifestyle.”
Roughly 600 fourth grade students from P.S. 307, 127 and 143 took part in on-court tennis actives led by some of the USTA’s professional teachers. In addition to the athletic aspect of the day, students were able to speak with nutritionists from Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in Corona, which also provided healthy snacks.
“Good nutrition and a balanced diet is key to helping kids grow up healthy,” said Helen Arteaga, founder of Plaza del Sol. “It’s a great way to inspire a love of tennis, health eating and exercise.”
“This event provides a unique experience for the kids, where they not only visit one of the world’s greatest tennis facilities right in their backyard, but are also encouraged to choose a healthy lifestyle and stay active,” said Daniel Zausner. COO of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.