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Darien JoyRide Cycling Rolls For Norwalk Tennis Organization

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education players are shown at a state championship in Hartford. A fundraiser Sept. 10 at JoyRide Cycling Studio in Darien will support the organization.
Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education players are shown at a state championship in Hartford. A fundraiser Sept. 10 at JoyRide Cycling Studio in Darien will support the organization. Photo Credit: Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education on Facebook

DARIEN, Conn. -- JoyRide Cycling Studio In Darien will hold a fundraiser to support a Norwalk tennis and educational organization for kids from low-income families.

A 50-minute indoor cycling class Saturday, Sept. 10 will benefit Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education. In addition to tennis instruction, the organization provides life skills, education and leadership programs.

Local tennis pros will take part in the cycling class. There will be raffle prizes and mini tennis sessions with Grassroots..

There is a minimum donation of $50 per bike, payable at the door by cash or check, with all proceeds going to Grassroots.

Moreover, the JoyRide event will cast a light on the organization, said President Carol Palder.

"Not only is (Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education) a place for kids to learn to play tennis, but we also offer mentoring, tutoring and a place for them to go after school."

“Every day, we see the direct impact the program has on these kids. They get the chance to be physically and mentally active in a positive place after school. Many of them go on to great things that would not otherwise have been possible," said Director of Tennis David Kimani.

The organization has changed its name recently to reflect its commitment to education, said Ellen Simmonds, Director of Administration, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education.

"It's cool to be an athlete and the children want to come. We surround them with love and support, like a second family, and we help them get into college, which breaks the cycle of poverty. We focus on education and we've been seeing results. The scores indicate and we have a hundred percent graduation rate, and a hundred percent of our kids go on to college," she said.

Click here to watch a Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education video.

The fundraiser welcomes participants of all fitness levels.

Click here to sign up and for more information or call (203) 202-9712.

The cycling class will be led by popular JoyRide instructor Mo Prester and begin at 12:30 p.m. at the studio, 25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien (Goodwives Shopping Center).

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