Amigos Latino Center Adds Tennis Program

During 2015, the Amigos Latino Center wanted to provide more low-cost programming for their youth in Richmond, Indiana. The Amigos Latino Center found that local youth were interested in learning the lifetime sport of tennis, and the skills associated with the sport fit well into the organization’s emphasis on providing youth with healthy lifestyle activities and positive group experiences. A board member of Amigos Latino Center contacted USTA/Midwest Section Tennis Service Representative Cameron Benjamin, and after several meetings as well as training for the organization’s volunteers, Amigos Latino Center developed a summer tennis program. There was more demand and the program expanded i

Making a Difference: Inner City Tennis Clinics

Inner City Tennis Clinics (ICTC) offers youth in struggling Cleveland neighborhoods an eight-week summer program that builds fitness, wellness, and literacy on a foundation of tennis instruction. USTA/Midwest Tennis and Education Foundation grants have supported ICTC. Founded in 2010 by tennis pro and coach Brian Smallwood, the curriculum of ICTC plugs gaps in local school instruction by focusing on healthy eating and creative expression. And it was the latter that caught the attention of 15-year-old Jovontae Williams. Jovontae is an eight-year veteran of ICTC and a poetry instructor for the program at Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center. Tennis drew Jovontae in, but poetry would become his

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