Tennis for Kids was created to help more children get physically active through tennis. This is a tremendous initiative to encourage more children to be healthy and active and play tennis and sports in elementary and middle schools leading to increased participation in high schools, parks and recreation programs.
For far too long tennis has been elitist. Our vision is make tennis inclusive and accessible to all. Our goal is to grow and sustain tennis participation in schools and the wider community through access to innovative, inclusive training, equipment and competition. We work closely with Schools, Parks and Recreation, and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver our vision.
Tennis for Kids offers tennis lessons at K thru 8 and Middle Schools during the school year at PE and/or after school. We also provide tennis camps during the summer. We provide tennis lessons, free tennis rackets to a number of students, along with tennis balls, and certificates as progress is made by students. 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.
The great thing about tennis is that it can be adapted so you can play it anywhere, whether in a school gym or a playground.
Tennis is fun, 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. Schools give most children their first experience of sport and their early experience can often determine whether they stay in the game. Recent research* (England) shows that tennis in schools is growing world wide.
You no longer need tennis courts to play – it can be played in school gyms, playgrounds or in your yard and a range of adapted equipment and modified or alternative versions of the game are available.
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 coach and he is 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 have the program at your school email us at firstname.lastname@example.org