On April 18, community members from Gainesville – young and old – will gather at Westside Park tennis facility to ‘hit away’ the 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s arsenals. They will do this by collectively hitting tennis balls a total of 16,000 times. The event is part of support Global Wave 2015 and the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The event is being organised by the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA), River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP), and Eli Meyer Studios.
Addison Staples, GACTA Executive Director, explains that the organization is sponsoring this unique community tennis event in support of Global Wave 2015 because “the platform and power of Sport can serve as a voice to larger social issues that can be leveraged in bringing awareness to important topics such as Peace. This fun filled activity will represent and highlight the sporting values of respect, fair play, and participation that help build a peaceful, nuclear-free world.’
Staples also runs the Aces in Motion tennis program for youth at risk, as well as other conflict resolution and community building projects.
The ‘Hit away the nukes’ event will coincide with a Free USTA Play Day for junior players from 11am-1pm. The community ‘Hit away the nukes’ tennis event will overlap/follow from 12-3 pm. Various tennis activities will represent a “hit”, such as match play (round robin), fed balls (clinic style), mini-tennis, and other creative ball hitting ideas. All adults and juniors who want to use racquets to “wave” goodbye to nuclear weapons are welcome to participate; expertise in tennis is not required.
For more information contact Addison@acesinmotion.org or call/text him at 352-514-9975352-514-9975.