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Olivia Profumo, 7, prepares to hit a serve during her tennis lessons at the Lincoln Street tennis courts Thursday. Profumo is one of 12 children taking lessons offered by Parks and Recreation. She said she enjoys tennis because, “It’s fun, you run a lot and you get to play a lot.”

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Lincoln Street tennis courts getting more use as summer begins

In Moffat County, typical outdoor activities talked about usually include hunting, golfing, tubing and swimming. Ask a Craig resident, and tennis is probably not high on the list of things to do outside during the summer. But among the younger generations, it is gaining some ground. The Lincoln Street tennis courts have become a hot spot for some in the area. The courts, which have been updated twice in the past 15 years, are in good condition and provide an alternate form of exercise and fun for people in the area. Craig Parks and Recreation offers tennis lessons for 8-12 year olds to help them prepare for the Parks and Rec city league. Lani Cleverly, who teaches the classes, says the kids enjoy playing a great deal. “The group of 8,9,10 year olds, none of them have played before, but honestly they’ve picked it up quickly,” Cleverly said. “They are already doing so much better than before, and I think that’s also a result of the kids really enjoying playing, which is great.” Cleverly grew up in Seattle and California, and brought her love for tennis from those places. She knows tennis is not what people think of when they think of Craig, but believes it is a great thing to have available to a community. “I guess its really about the kids wondering, ‘what is tennis?’ and then us making sure we provide a good lesson program that gets them excited about coming,” she said. “Craig is not about these type of sports. It’s more hiking and fishing and hunting, but all these kids who have done it keep signing up, so that’s something to feel good about.”

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