40-15 Tennis Will Sponsor Deer Isle Summer Clinics

BLUE HILL — For seven years, 40/15 Tennis of Blue Hill has been sponsoring community tennis clinics for folks on the Blue Hill peninsula.

Two summer sessions in Blue Hill, taught by Mark Hurvitt, already have concluded.

But under 40/15 sponsorship, Kristin Eberdt, Island Country Club pro and coach at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, will be holding tennis clinics for beginners on Aug. 11, 13, 18 and 20 at the high school courts in Deer Isle.

Each clinic will include three hour-long sessions: children ages 7 and under at 4:30 p.m.; children ages 8-11 at 5:30 p.m.; and children ages 11-17 at 6:30 p.m.

During the clinic time, parents are encouraged to join in some instruction from Eberdt while her assistants — high school tennis team players — work with the children.

Tennis racquets and balls will be provided and participants can sign up for the program, run by the Island Recreation Board, by calling Eberdt at 367-5858.

There is a nominal fee for participation.

John Ruger, president of 40/15 Tennis, said that, in sponsoring the programs, the goal is “to grow tennis and introduce youngsters, who many not otherwise have the opportunity, to the game in a casual but professional setting.”

40/15 Tennis was formed in 1994 as an organization of players from around the Blue Hill peninsula and built a single court tennis facility on Route 15 in Blue Hill.

It is celebrating its 15th year of operation and continues to offer individual and family memberships as well as shareholders.

The organization also made a financial commitment to the completion of four lighted courts at Deer Isle-Stonington High School that were built in 2006.

The school now offers varsity tennis and its girls’ team was highly ranked in this year’s Eastern Maine competition.

For more information, call Ruger at 374-2154.

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