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- Author : ALYN Ware - Category : Sporting event   Westside Park tennis facility

Hit away the Nukes
The Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA), River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP), and Eli Meyer Studios are sponsoring a free tennis event on April 18th, 2015 from 12:00-3:00 pm at the Westside Park tennis facility to support Global Wave 2015 (www.globalwave2015.org) and the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (http://www.april6.org/en/).

 

At this event, members of the community (young and adult) are invited to cooperate together to hit a total of 16,000 tennis balls, each ball symbolizing one of the 16,000 nuclear weapons that remain in the world today. This fun filled activity will represent and highlight the sporting values of respect, fair play, and participation that help build a peaceful nuclear free world.

This event is also one of many efforts around the world participating in the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace such as #WhiteCard (http://www.april6.org/en/white-card.html) and Global Wave 2015. The video taken at our local event will be shown in front of all the world leaders attending the U.N. meetings.

Governments will meet at the United Nations over four weeks in April-May 2015 for the five-yearly review of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Civil society is calling on governments to end the threat of nuclear weapons by negotiating for their complete prohibition and elimination - a requirement of the NPT.

Global Wave 2015 is a world-wide event calling on governments meeting in New York to cooperate on developing a process to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons. The Global Wave involves simple public actions in cities around the world to “wave” goodbye to nuclear weapons.

 Addison Staples, GACTA Executive Director, explains that the organization is sponsoring this unique community tennis event in support of Global Wave 2015 because “the platform and power of Sport can serve as a voice to larger social issues that can be leveraged in bringing awareness to important topics such as Peace.”  

There will be a Free USTA Play Day for junior players from 11am-1pm, and the community tennis event will overlap/follow from 12-3 pm. Various tennis activities will represent a “hit”, such as match play (round robin), fed balls (clinic style), mini-tennis, and other creative ball hitting ideas.  All adults and juniors who want to use racquets to “wave” goodbye to nuclear weapons are welcome to participate; expertise in tennis is not required.  

 For more information, or to sign up for the event, please contact GACTA Executive Director, Addison Staples at Addison@acesinmotion.org or call/text him at 352-514-9975352-514-9975. Sign up sheets will also be available at the Westside Tennis Pro Shop.

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