PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A tennis coaching legend stopped in Philadelphia Tuesday to teach the game to some aspiring tennis stars.
84-year-old Nick Bollettieri has coached elite professional tennis players like Andre Agassi, Martina Hingis and Serena Williams.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Asking For Public's Help To Find Suspects As City Hits 503 Homicides
But while teaching a tennis clinic with kids at the Gesu school in West Philadelphia he says he finds being able to introduce tennis to kids who otherwise would have never played the game the most rewarding aspect.
“There’s no greater pleasure to see young children from the inner city schools get out and have fun and feel they have a chance in life,” Bollettieri said.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: West Kensington Double Shooting Leaves 2 Men Hospitalized
He came to Philadelphia with ‘Down the Line,’ an organization that uses tennis to help under privileged kids.
“As the program grows, we can touch more lives and by doing that and the kids playing a little tennis their involved in physical fitness, they’ll do better in school,” Bollettieri said. “Their also build their character.”MORE NEWS: CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Fearful Dogs
Bollettieri ‘s coaching career dates back to the mid 1950’s.