Tennis in the Parks!
Programs begin Monday, June 15th at 23 Minneapolis park locations.
Families self-select for full scholarships!
InnerCity Tennis has partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Department since the 1970s to bring affordable tennis lessons to the youth of Minneapolis. In 2015, the program will operate at 23 different park sites throughout Minneapolis. View locations map (click park icon for ages and time details).
Ages 6-17 • Scholarships Available for All
Kids ages 6-17 can play (ages 4-17 in North Minneapolis). The cost for the program is $80 per player. If families are in need, full scholarships are awarded, no questions asked. All families have to do is check the scholarship box on their registration form. “The program is affordable and reaches into almost every neighborhood of Minneapolis,” said Executive Director Samantha Smart Merritt.
1 hour Lessons Monday–Friday for 5 Weeks • Tennis & Life Skills
“Our 5 week Tennis in the Parks Program teaches basic tennis fundamentals and strategy.” said Program Director Paul Vang. “Group drills and games get kids learning the volley, groundstroke, overhead and serve. In addition to tennis skills, kids build teamwork, confidence and hand-eye coordination skills, learn healthy nutrition habits and develop a life-long love of physical fitness.”
Participants can register online. Last summer 800 kids participated in ICT’s Tennis in the Parks program. Almost half of the participants played for free.
Paid Summer Jobs
The program provides paid summer jobs to over 50 youth instructors, many of which are program graduates. “Coaching tennis with ICT has been a highlight of my past four summers,” said coach Rose Abdo (Lynnhurst Park). “I enjoy playing tennis everyday with kids who are discovering it for the first time.”
About InnerCity Tennis
InnerCity Tennis is a nonprofit youth development organization serving Minneapolis with dynamic and innovative programming since 1952. We see the lifelong sport of tennis as a platform for the holistic development of youth in terms of their physical health, academic success and social/emotional wellness, as well as character and leadership development skills. Our mission is to develop and unleash the potential of youth, on and off the tennis court, by engaging a supportive community. We provide a combination of programs that are free of charge or require a small fee. However, we do provide scholarships to children who may come from households with financial hardship.