The tennis program at Surf City Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of summer options beginning next month.


SURF CITY — The tennis program at Surf City Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of summer options beginning next month.



Tennis Pro Sandi Keith has come aboard to offer lessons and the inaugural Surf City Tennis Summer Camp for youth.



Group Youth Sessions for ages 6 to 12 will start as a six-week program on Monday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30, beginning July 8 and concluding Aug. 19 (except for Aug. 5). The cost is $50 for the entire program, and the group is limited to 15 participants. Drop-ins ($12 each session) will only be available on a space available basis.



Surf City Tennis Camp for ages 6 to 12 will run Aug. 5 through 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $75, and the program is limited to the first 15 who sign up.



In case of inclement weather, makeup days for these programs will be Fridays.



Both youth group sessions and tennis camp require online sign-up at townofsurfcity.com.



For older players seeking a boot-camp style workout, aerobic tennis will be offered on a class-by-class basis for $10 per session from 10 to 11 Wednesday mornings from July 8 through Aug. 19 (except for Aug. 12). Players must be 16 or older to sign up.



Keith will also be available for private lessons for participants 8 years and older at $25 per hour. She requests that youth participants have some experience — the group lessons are considered an excellent prerequisite. To schedule lessons, e-mail skeith@cfcc.edu or call 910-328-4887.



Participation in aerobic tennis or private lessons requires either a Surf City Community Center membership or a membership guest fee.



Keith is a USTA professional, affiliated with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association and has an extensive playing and coaching background at both adult and youth levels. She holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and is an instructor at Cape Fear Community College.



“We are thrilled to have someone of Sandi’s caliber involved with our programs,” Surf City Parks & Recreation Director Kristie Grubb said. “We have had repeated requests for tennis lessons and additional programs, and I am glad we are able to provide them.”



Other tennis plans in the works include a tennis committee and starting up ladders for adult play if there is sufficient interest. The courts are scheduled to be resurfaced this summer, and Quick-Start Youth Tennis is scheduled to return in the fall.