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City Parks Foundation kicks off its free sports programs for kids on July 1 this summer, offering tennis and track and field in East River Park.

CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to children, ages six to 16. The program promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. CityParks Tennis runs through August 9th and concludes with a tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center and the JP Morgan Chase Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August.

CityParks Track and Field gives New York City kids, ages five to 16, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. All participating youngsters have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of the season at an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall's Island on August 9th.

For more information visit

CityParks Tennis

East River Park, FDR Drive and Houston

Tues and Thurs, 9 a.m. ? 12 p.m.

CityParks Track and Field

East River Park, FDR Drive and E. 7th St

Mon and Wed, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (5-7 years), 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (8-16 years)

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