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Prince Edward visits NJ university for court tennis

September 13, 2018 - 5:46 pm

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Britain's Prince Edward has visited a New Jersey university to play a centuries-old form of tennis and accept an honorary degree.

The Earl of Wessex, the youngest of Queen Elizabeth II's children, arrived at Georgian Court University in Lakewood on Thursday to play court tennis, a predecessor of modern tennis.

He's visiting the U.S. as part of a year-long program of activities to celebrate, raise awareness and drive support for the inspirational activity of young people and volunteers around the world.

The prince is participating in a nine-city, 12-day U.S. tour around the country to raise support for his father Prince Philip's International Award program. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award recognizes 14- to 24-year-olds who achieve their goals in particular skills, culture, physical ability and interests.