Sign-ups start for Bainbridge Community Tennis Association’s after-school elementary program

Sign-ups for the Bainbridge Community Tennis Association’s after-school elementary program begin Monday, Nov. 25.

The Bainbridge Community Tennis Association is an island nonprofit dedicated to keeping kids active through playing the game of tennis.  The organization is also committed to limiting parental driving time, and its elementary program is scheduled after school at Blakely, Odyssey, Ordway and Wilkes so that kids can go directly to the gym when school gets out.

The tennis group sets up child-size nets in each school’s gym, and uses appropriately sized racquets and soft foam tennis balls.  Kids learn basic tennis skills through fun games and drills.  The association has purchased nets, racquets and balls for each of the schools, and gym teachers often incorporate tennis into their curriculum.

Practices are once a week in January and February and end with an all-school tournament at Commodore Gym. School teams play each other while parents and siblings look on, and the one-hour event ends with a pizza party for all the kids and their families.

To sign up, contact Kids must be 8 years old to participate. The $40 fee includes six practices, a team T-shirt for tournament night, and pizza for the whole family.

Scholarships are also available.


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