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Nola Richardson left, gives Marvin Tyler a high five as Jordyn Rodgers looks on.

Thanks to the efforts of Bobby Wrenn and sponsorship by Dominion Energy, Emporia’s favorite tennis instructor will return to Emporia from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday to host the fourth Annual Slammer Tennis World Tennis Jamboree at Greensville County High School’s tennis courts.

The event is for youth ages 5-16. If it rains the event will be held indoors at the high school gym.

The tennis jamboree is free and will be three hours of fun, pizza, tennis and music. Wrenn will present the introductions. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the GCHS gymnasium. For the past three years youth had a ball learning to play tennis. Some of them found they have a passion for the sport.

You do need to wear tennis sneakers (no shoes). If you don’t have your own tennis racquet Slammer Tennis World will provide one for you.

Wrenn asked Marvin Tyler, the first professional tennis instructor from Emporia-Greensville, and the owner and founder of Slammer Tennis World, to return to his hometown to show the youth how to play tennis last year.

Tyler, who was on the front cover of the January and February edition of the TennisPro magazine nearly three years ago, thought it was a wonderful idea and the only thing left was to work out the details, which they did.

It was such a successful event. He not only agreed to do it, but is very excited about it.

“I’m delighted to be involved with a project that brings something to the community that can be very beneficial to the youth. Marvin is a great guy to work with. I’m really glad that we can put on the third annual event, thanks to the sponsorship of Dominion Energy,” Wrenn said.

Tyler wants to make sure that kids continue to play tennis. “I want them to be enthusiastic about it. It’s been my life’s dream to come back home and give back to my community and the youth in this area.

“They need something to do and they need to be active in sports. Tennis can do that for them, but without even tennis courts in town now they have few opportunities,” he said, noting that at last year’s event many of the kids attending had never been exposed to the sport.

Tyler, an Emporia native, founded Slammer Tennis World in April 2003 to motivate and educate people through the game of tennis.

Slammer Tennis World was recognized as a USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA), and received USTA New England’s CTA of the Year Award in 2008. Tyler is a USTA Tournament Director for New England, has served on the board of the New England Tennis Association, and is a lifetime member of the American Tennis Association. In 2007, he received a Men of Distinction Award from the NAACP of Dutchess County, N.Y.

If you would like to help with the event call Wrenn at (434) 348-4221.