Youth Tennis Program
Amigos’ youth tennis program began in the summer of 2015, led by Amigos Board member Gene Hambrick, an avid tennis player who urged us to create a program aimed at introducing tennis to underserved children, ages 9-11. Several years before this, Gene experienced the power of youth tennis by working with inner city youth in Pittsburgh, and urged us to contact the United States Tennis Association to help initiate youth tennis in Richmond, IN.
That first summer tennis program in 2015, enrolled 30 eager youngsters who worked with volunteer coaches from Richmond. Since then, we have taught tennis to over 185 children ages 7 to 14, and this year two of our 14 year olds, who started with us in 2015, joined the Richmond High School tennis team’s outstanding program.
Last spring, one of our coaches, Terry O’Maley, developed a special program for our more advanced players. Terry met with them three times a week spring, summer and this fall (2018). They are known as El Club de Tennis JTT, and two members of the group are now on the Richmond High School tennis team in their first year at school.
A number of people have asked us, “why tennis?” Tennis requires very little equipment, can be played with just two people, it brings boys and girls together to learn a sport, and is a lifelong activity. And you don’t have to join a team to play. Our volunteer coaches are devoted to helping kids develop confidence, teamwork, skill building, healthy activity, respect, discipline and the joy and satisfaction that comes with learning a new skill. We are grateful to the United States Tennis Association Midwest office for supporting us along the way. Thank you, Cameron, Judy and Brandon