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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This morning, Wilmington native and tennis pro Lenny Simpson hosted a free tennis clinic for kids in the Port City.

The event was held at the MLK Center on courts where Simpson played years ago.

Simpson was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame two months ago. Today he came home to give back to his community.

Despite the heat, the pro coached the kids while they had some fun.

“What I like about tennis is you can enjoy hitting the ball and exploring with friends,” camper Shakim Murphy said.

Some other locally-known tennis players helped out with the clinic, too.

Simpson says it’s exciting to think that one of the kids who participated today might go pro just like he did.

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