Tennis Jr. Academy a Lincoln success story

Future events planned
By: Pete Schor for The News Messenger
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Although the attendance for the inaugural Lincoln Junior Tennis Academy was less than hoped, the enthusiasm of the grade 2-8 children and their parents was extraordinary.

Following the event, 90 percent of the parents involved sent emails praising the experience their children had.

The low turnout was attributed to some mistakes made in marketing the academy. The coordination between the academy and Western Placer Unified School District schools failed to get the message out to the Lincoln community as planned.

The district and school principals have agreed to have speakers and a tickler prepared for the physical education teachers and their students to better promote future junior tennis academies.

The academy started Oct. 11 and ran for six weeks. It was held on the Lincoln High tennis courts during the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These tennis programs are formatted by the United States Tennis Association and are held across the country.

Seventeen volunteers from the Lincoln Hills Tennis Group and Fighting Zebras tennis team attended a three-hour, USTA Trainer to Trainer workshop prior to the event.

Special rackets, tennis balls and nets were provided for the younger players and special games were used to further stimulate interest. The older students’ program was geared more to learning the game and discovering a lifetime of tennis enjoyment.