FIT CITY SUCCESS: Tennis Program Kicks Off
No snoozing late for the kids attending the city of Tyler's Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Tennis Program.
The coach asks, "What are we playing?"
Kids answer happily, "Tennis!"
They may be out of school for the summer, but tennis classes are in session.
"This particular program allows them to learn the basics of tennis, it's a very exciting program," said Marilyn Williams, grandmother to a student.
Mrs. Williams brings her grandson, Caleb. She said he's having a lot of fun learning what it takes to be competitive on the court. The coach asked Caleb, "Boom. Show me what you got."
"Hey, Mom," Daniel said.
Daniel's mom, Tonya McClelland said it's important to keep her children active on summer break. "He's 7.† He needs hand-eye coordination and he doesn't want to be outside, so we came here because he needs experience to get outside, just a reason to play and not be in front of the TV."
The free classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.
¬†"I am really dedicated to tennis and I like it," said Elvin Prud'homme, a tennis student.
"I like serving the best," Blake Smith said.
Coach Ronnie Blake teaches safety.
"Don't swing in line. Safety, safety, safety," Blake said.†He also teaches the tennis basics to get them loving the game.
"We do basic volleys where they get to the net and just punch a ball, or we get to the side where they can hit a ball and if they miss it to just continue swinging to try and make contact with that ball," Blake said.
They're not only teaching hand-eye coordination at tennis camp, they're also teaching balance, which is essential in the game of tennis, Blake said.
"I'm really into tennis and I want to get better so I can do better at tennis than I did this year," Ryan Jacks said.
Between tennis strokes, the campers work on their cardio endurance.¬†
"You're wore out when you're done, but it's not like, I'm never going to do this again, it's like yeah, that was kind of fun," Ryan said.
"If we can get them started early and enjoying it, maybe we can keep them doing it forever,"¬† Blake said.¬†
Tennis adds up to a big calorie burner.† If you're playing a real game of tennis at full speed, you can burn at least 400 calories per hour.
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