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The organization has 26 students enrolled, but due to homework, only 22 were on site as of Wednesday.

“They give basic group lessons and they’re new to tennis and they love it,” Pittman said.

Youth classes have changed over the years and now only use adult tennis on the courts.

“We use age-appropriate equipment, balls that bounce at the right height for the age group, and training techniques designed for children in those particular age groups,” Pittman said. “It was all the work of UTA to improve awareness among children. “

“All of our coaches working with this program area are all very experienced, very capable and very good at dealing with children and that’s crucial,” said Pittman. “We try to give them coaches who are both good instructors and good role models.”

The group’s goal goes far beyond tennis.

“We’re trying to combine with organizations that do academic work because eventually we want to start doing academic work with kids as well,” Pittman said.

“We are part of the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network and our mission will be to use tennis as a vehicle to inspire children to do better academically and at the same time give them some of the great lessons in life. that you have in tennis to try. to improve their lives, ”Pittman said.