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Mar­i­anne Boyd, a vol­un­teer from North Wales, has seen the pro­gram grow. Her daugh­ter, Sara, went to the camp when it first started and re­turned every year.

“Sara starts think­ing about com­ing here in March,” Mar­i­anne said. “She wants to know the date that it’s go­ing to start be­cause she sees peo­ple here that she works with at a shel­tered work­shop, she sees peo­ple here that she only sees here every sum­mer and it’s so much fun for her.”

The clinic draws spe­cial ath­letes and vol­un­teers from all around the area — span­ning about 15 dif­fer­ent towns. Peo­ple from all dif­fer­ent age groups par­tic­i­pate.

The ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els of the vol­un­teers varies. There are cur­rent and for­mer col­lege play­ers, high school and mid­dle school play­ers and some with no ten­nis ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think it’s a phe­nom­e­nal life ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple that are not ex­posed to in­di­vid­u­als with spe­cial needs,” Holt said. “It just gives you a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and es­pe­cially the younger peo­ple, mean­ing the high school kids and mid­dle school kids.

“That age range – ju­nior high school and high school­ers – it’s a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity. Also, for them, it’s a good life ex­pe­ri­ence but it also looks pretty good on a re­sume if they’re try­ing to get a job or go for Na­tional Hon­ors So­ci­ety.”

Sharon Bar­tle is one of the vol­un­teers. She is a Direc­tor of the pro­gram and, along with her daugh­ter Ni­cole, has been help­ing out for eight years. Holt de­scribed Bar­tle as “an in­te­gral as­set to the pro­gram.”

You can reg­is­ter for the pro­gram at www. tou­choften­nis.blogspot.com and email any ques­tions to tou­choften­nis@gmail.com.

Any do­na­tions — mon­e­tary, equip­ment, etc. — are ap­pre­ci­ated.

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Touch of Ten­nis Founder Jim Holt (left) helps par­tic­i­pant Suy­oung Kim with his form Wednesday.

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vol­un­teer Evan Boroch (left) as­sists Is­abella Fel­ten with her form Wednesday at Gwynedd Mercy Univer­sity.

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Johnny Tate prac­tices his back­hand Wednesday at The Touch of Ten­nis.

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jim Holt Sr. (right), the fa­ther of Touch of Ten­nis founder Jim Holt (not pictured), gives a les­son to a group of more ad­vanced play­ers.

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