|Claire and I after we received the award|
When I moved to Arlington right after college I fell upon the most wonderful tennis team ever. Not only did I fall upon a great team, but also a wonderful organization.
Claire is the President of this amazing organization I speak about. Arlington Tennis Association (ATA) (read more about the other programs at the ATA website) The ATA spends countless hours dedicating time to seeing tennis GROW and become loved by others of all ages. ATA is non profit and strictly volunteer based, which means we all dedicate our time because we care that much! Last year ATA chose to take part in a new program that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) started. The program is called Adopt-a-school. (click here to see how you too can start this)
The idea of the Adopt-a-school program is to TAKE tennis to the KIDS!!! Its simple, find kids that are enthusiastic about learning tennis...and bring the GAME TO THEM! ATA adopted Key Elementary in Arlington last spring. Claire and I began this adventure with hopes of reaching a few children at the school. The children LoVeD, lOvEd, LoVed this program. We meet with all students from Kindergarten to sixth grade. We have since continued our program through the end of 2010 and will start back up in March for 2011. The joy on the children's face makes every minute worth it. How do we teach tennis at a school with NO TENNIS COURTS: Simple we take the schools blacktop and TRANSFORM it into 2 QuickStart Tennis courts. (read about quickstart here) We then make the teachers parking lot into 2 more QuikStart courts. Oh and for my babies (I work with the k-2 group) well we have our own court on the side of the school gym. Thats right my friends...we create 5 tennis courts out of thin air! Claire and I are true miracle workers, HA!!
|a close up of the award|