Linwood Holton Serves Up Aces

By Shima Grover

Linwood Holton Serves Up Aces

On Tuesdays and Thursdays immediately after students are dismissed, the gym at Linwood Holton Elementary School is buzzing.  Younger students come on Thursdays and older students come on Tuesdays to participate in a Ten and Under Kids’ Tennis Club After School Program.Stretching

“We have thirty to forty kids coming out, and volunteer teachers and parents help with the program,” said James Skinner, the program founder.  “I am not the PE teacher, but I love tennis.  I wanted kids to be exposed to tennis at an early age.”  The program received tennis racquets, nets and red foam balls from RTA through the USTA Ten and Under Market Initiative to accommodate the unexpectedly large turnout.

Principal David Hudson is a big supporter of tennis.  Mr. Hudson is a runner, but “I support all physical activities.  Fitness is a very important part of Linwood Holton curriculum.”

Linwood Holton Elementary is not only the home of a vibrant Kids’ Tennis Club, but the school was also the site of the final USTA Ten and Under Coaches Workshop of the year.  The USTA Ten and Under Market Initiative Coordinator Mr. Skinner uses playground ballKelley Glen was delighted to be able to present the workshop in a setting that is familiar to all ten and under coaches.  Feisal Hassan, a USPTA master professional from Midlothian Tennis Club, conducted the workshop.   The workshop was lucky to have Feisal who has conducted many similar workshops all over the country.  The workshop was funded by a USTA grant and was free to all who participated.

The workshop shared the gym with the rehearsal for the school musical “Annie”.  The Linwood Holton Kids’ Club and the school musical are sure to produce stars “Tomorrow, Tomorrow…”