BURBANK TENNIS CENTER — Since its opening 13 years ago, the Burbank Tennis Center has held its share of elite events.
For a number of years the facility hosted a professional event that featured the likes of Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang.
But for the individuals who were instrumental in initially bringing the Burbank Tennis Center to the city, they envisioned a venue that would provide recreation and instruction for the masses, not just a place for the tennis elite.
That dedication to the area population was evident Monday at the center. In an event sponsored by the Burbank Tennis Center and the city of Burbank, more than 100 special-needs individuals were treated to a festive party.
The event began with a variety of tennis instruction stations, where individuals were helped with various drills. Following a brisk saunter around center court, there was a visit by Santa Claus, who handed out gifts to the athletes. The event ended with a pizza meal.