For the past five years, over 200 children ages 5-17 have participated in a FREE community summer tennis camp. This year over 50 children attended the camp, held June 16-19 at the Mountain Heritage High School tennis courts. Free tee shirts were provided to all participants and volunteers thanks to generous donations from many local agencies and businesses.
Professional tennis players and coaches scaled the game to the size of the children. For the younger ones, they used softer, slower moving and lower bouncing balls, lighter and shorter racquets, and a smaller court area. This format helps very young children make contact with the ball, gives them a chance to play first time out and keeps them coming back. “Scaling tennis to the size of children promotes greater participation and ensures that young kids will be able to play tennis much more quickly,” says Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, United States Tennis Association. This method helps children develop skills that mature them in a proper way, making them better players in the long term. Many of the assistant coaches this year were former camp participants.
Graham Children’s Health Services and Susan and Bubba Crutchfield sponsored the tennis camp this year. Encouraging lifelong physical activity is a priority for Graham Children’s Health Services. For more information, contact 682-7899.