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"They're going to learn how to hold the rackets, how to stand and how to stroke the ball," he said, adding that participants will also get more out of the program then just tennis. "It's recreation, exercise and getting to meet people. This hopefully is the beginning of a town-wide tennis program."

Tennis has offered him a lot of opportunities such as getting into schools and employment. It also has health benefits. Since it's a start-and-stop sport, he said it is a heart-healthy activity.

"It is more beneficial to the cardiovascular system than continuous exercise," he said. "There are a lot of pluses to tennis. There aren't too many sports you can do when you get older."

Cuva gave a lot of credit to both Osur and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan for the support they had given the program. Osur said she is excited to have the program begin as she recognizes the many benefits of the sport as well.

"I really thank the USTA for allowing us to provide a great, healthy and fun opportunity for the residents of Colonie," she said.

Those who want to participate they will need to supply their own tennis rackets. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with Colonie residents getting first priority. To register, got to www.colonie.org or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 783-2760""

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