Halifax Grade 12 student engaging newcomer children through the game of tennis

Some newcomer kids are holding a tennis racket and ball for the first time in their lives, thanks to a Halifax program that seeks to make them feel part of the community.

The children aged seven to 12 came to their fifth lesson at Rockingham United Church on Saturday to be coached by Armbrae Academy student Niket Sampalli, the program’s founder.

“I really want to share tennis with different people who might not have access to equipment, not know the programs and especially with new people to Nova Scotia just to get them engaged as a community and make new friends,” said Sampalli.

Witha  donation of $1,500, Sampalli has partnered with ISANS to offer six weeks of free tennis lessons for government-assisted refugee children.

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