Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tennis Anyone?

Whether you looking to develop a pro, introduce your kids to a new activity, or just get your kid of the couch this summer, this one is for you.

Why not get your children involved with the Summer Tennis Program at Parkside Place, Upper Gwynedd? My mom, the North Penn High School Girls Head Tennis Coach and the North Penn High School Boys Assistant Tennis Coach,  has been running her tennis program there for 15 years with the assistance of a large staff of  8 instructors and 4 substitute instructors, targeting children ages 7 to 17.

The players are separated into 3 groups, the kid's program, ages 7-12 and teens ages 13-17 and an adult and teen class. In the Kids' program, focus is on basic basic skills. Everything from: forehand, background and serving to the fundamentals of playing a game. It's not all serious with this group, they have family night, family fun, tennis crafts and games. For older players, she works on enriching their tennis skills through strategy, competitive play and social skills. The older players then show off their skills with a teen tournament.

Their hard work doesn't go unrecognized. At the end of each summer session, each class has an award night, handing out MVP and most improved, among other awards, but don't worry, no one goes home empty handed.

The classes run, Mon, Wed and Friday mornings, kids from 8-9:30am, teens from 9:30-11:30am. And Tuesday and Thursday evenings, kid's 5-6:30pm or teens 6:30pm-8:00pm. There are 2 more sessions this summer and it's not too late to sign up. Session I is already underway, but session II runs 7/12-7/30 and Session II runs 8/3-8/19.

Did I mention she has an adult class as well? Focusing on enriching basic skills, competitive play and strategy, the adult class runs with the teen class Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm. And the adults participate in men's, women's, and mixed doubles tournaments, which she holds throughout the summer, where players come from around the tri-state area to compete (check back for more information on this tomorrow).

 For more information stop by Upper Gwynedd Township Park and Recreation Office, email my mom, Dannette Strader @ or click here to be connected to the parks and recreation website.

For some back ground information on my mom, check out a post I wrote about her on my other blog, My Life In Jenga called Shameless Plug: Tennis Anyone?

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