McDowell County man impacting kids lives on the tennis court

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A McDowell County man is teaching kids how to build friendships, character and discipline, all while playing a game of tennis.

Nathaniel Smith is the director of Grayhound Youth Sports and runs an after school tennis program at Kimball Elementary School.

The students are learning tennis skills like singles and doubles, but they’re also learning life skills to be applied off the court.

“They’re living my dream,” said Smith. “I wrote and created the program, but they’re living my dream.”

For the first time, one student, Seth Hall, will represent Kimball’s after school tennis program at this year’s “Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic,” through a mentorship program.

“Seth is going to be carrying professional bags, getting autographs and continue learning how to play tennis,” said Smith.

“I never thought I’d have a chance to go to Greenbrier and meet professionals,” said Hall.

Smith is a past recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and he hopes to continue building the after school program with more students at Kimball Elementary.

For more information about Grayhound Youth Sports, contact Smith via email at grayhoundyouthsports@gmail.com or by phone at 304-585-7570.

 

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

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