Tennis for Kids LA was created to increase the number of children playing tennis and to prepare children for future success through tennis, education and health. This is a tremendous initiative to encourage more children to be healthy and active and play tennis in parks and in schools.
Our mission is to increase the number of children playing tennis and to provide underserved youth with an enriching, positive, learning experience that prepares them for life.
We have two pathways: Recreational and Competitive. The Recreational Pathway introduces children to the sport and leads them on a journey to good health and a healthy lifestyle playing tennis for life. The Competitive Pathway prepares children to participate in local and regional tournaments and provide a pathway to college and beyond.
Over the coming years, we plan to introduce 1,000 children to our program and our pathway to college and successful futures.
Tennis for Kids LA offers tennis lessons after school and on weekends in a partnership with Culver City Parks & Recreation at Fox Hills Park . We also provide tennis tournaments and Tennis Camps during the summer.
• Increase opportunities to learn and play
• Create recreational and competitive pathways
• Increase fitness and fight obesity
• Develop leaders for the future
Our lesson plans and activities take children on a path of discovery, learning, and exercise to develop groundstrokes, volleys, serves and match play providing a fun safe adult supervised experience for all.
National guidelines recommend that young people accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for proper growth, development, and overall health.
Tennis is fun; it’s great for fitness and for developing hand eye co-ordination. It can be played by all ages and abilities – boys and girls can play together, so it’s ideal for mixed classes.
National guidelines recommend that young people accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for proper growth, development, and overall health. Many children participate in PE classes irregularly and choose to be inactive during recess or lunch breaks.Therefore, it cannot be assumed that children receive their recommended dose of daily activity from these traditional school-based sources. It is important to supplement them with opportunities away from school. Classroom activity breaks, after school programs, sport leagues all contribute to a child’s accumulation of 60 minutes a day.
One of our supporters is the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), an international organization that trains and certifies instructors. Director Ted Salter is a PTR certified trainer and he was also the Men’s Tennis Coach at Franklin High School where his team won the Portland Interscholastic League District Championship in 2013, and was runner-up in 2014.
To get started call or text 971-219-4679. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Does Research Say?
The USTA Special Report, “More Than a Sport: Tennis, Education and Health,” is the first nationwide study to analyze the educational, behavioral and health benefits for adolescents who participate in tennis. Using data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a highly respected, federally funded survey, the researchers compared the education and health profiles of tennis players with other high school athletes, as well as with high school students who do not participate in sports. The results confirm USTA Serves’ belief in tennis as a sport of opportunity and validate our mission to support programs that enhance the lives of children and families through the integration of tennis, health and education.
While most people may not be surprised to learn that the majority of adolescent tennis players score better than most other athletes (and all non-athletes) on education and social behavior, what is less known is that those benefits also cross all socioeconomic levels in varying degrees. This is particularly important information as we work not only to grow tennis, but also to increase our efforts to make the face of the sport more closely resemble the face of our country.