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Longtime Wichita tennis clinic teaching kids skills for game, life

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 4:33 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, June 23, 2014, at 6:50 a.m.

How to help

Charles "Goose" Doughty Jr. is looking for volunteers and donations to help run his annual tennis camp for area youth. The camp is free for kids ages 6 to 18 who show up on the tennis courts between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Thursday at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St. North in Wichita. No registration is necessary. The camp runs through July 28.

Volunteers can show up at the park during camp hours.

Cash donations to help buy rackets, balls and snacks for the kids may be mailed to Doughty's attention at:

McAdams Open

2530 N. Pershing

Wichita, KS 67220

For more information, call Doughty at 316-655-2528.

Charles "Goose" Doughty Jr. is at it again.

For nearly 50 years, the retired Wichita Heights High School coach has been teaching area kids life skills using the game he loves: tennis.

"The skills are just right: self-discipline, honesty, integrity... all the things we use in life, we use in tennis," said Doughty, 78.

His annual youth tennis camp is in full swing through next week at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St. in Wichita. The camp is free to kids ages 6 to 18 who show up on the tennis courts.

The camp starts at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday and wraps up at noon.

"We come here to have fun," Doughty said. "We're not trying to develop tennis pros."

The camp ends July 28 with free hot dogs, ice cream and tennis from 6 to 9 p.m. at McAdams Park. The public is invited.

The program is popular with kids like 10-year-old Malajia Townsend. She comes to laugh with friends, swing a racket and cool off with Popsicles nearly every day.

"I like it. It's fun. I'm making new friends," she said. "I'm playing tennis."

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com.

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