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Tennis in the Parks: Healthy Minds and Bodies

January 30, 2006 02:44 PM

Miami, FL –Tennis in the Parks is taking the lead to promote healthy minds and bodies in children after school at four Miami-Dade County parks.

More than 100 children all around Miami are heading for fun at four neighborhood parks: Arcola Lakes, Colonial, Goulds, and North Glade. The children take part in tennis instruction and play for eight hours each week under the supervision of Greater Miami Tennis Foundation instructors. The program, which has an enrollment so far of 30 students at each park, is for ages 7-18.

“We are very proud of Tennis in the Parks, as it is a first step in reaching more children throughout the Miami area,” says Tracy Chappell, executive director of GMTF.

“One of our objectives is to provide a healthy after-school environment through tennis for the entire community, and Tennis in the Parks is a great vehicle to accomplish this.”

To enroll, call GMTF at 306-365-2311. The program schedules are:

Arcola Lakes, 1301 NW 83rd St.: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Colonial Drive, 10750 SW 156th Ter.: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Goulds, 21805 SW 114th Ave.: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

North Glade, 17355 NW 52nd Ave.: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Besides tennis, the children participate for one hour each week in workshops about healthy lifestyles. A nutritionist from the Children’s Health and Nutrition Association teaches how to make good choices in eating habits and for staying fit into adulthood. The GoGirlGo!  Project, a curriculum taught by a certified teacher from the Women’s Sports Foundation, steers girls into activities that will enhance their lives physically, emotionally and socially, and deter them from harmful behavior.

Tennis in the Parks is made possible by funds from the Dade Community Foundation, the Nat Moore Foundation, Women’s Sports Foundation, and the United States Tennis Association.

For more information, contact Tracy Chappell: 305-365-2311.

 

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