Rome Downtown Racquets Center, Rome, GA – On March 26, Teach Me Tennis hosted the Teach Me Tennis Tournament, featuring nearly 100 elementary students from participating schools in the area including Model Elementary School, Johnson Elementary School, Garden Lakes Elementary School, Darlington School, and Eastside Elementary in Rockmart. The tournament was the culmination of the award-winning after-school program, which provides an interactive and fun way for students to learn tennis.
“At Teach Me Tennis, we believe that a successful introduction to tennis is done by making the sport fun,” said Logan Yerbey, Director of the program. “We were thrilled to see so many students participating in the tournament and showing off the skills they learned through the program.”
The program’s goal is to teach children the joys of tennis and equip them with the skills to continue playing for a lifetime. In partnership with the Coosa Valley Tennis Association (CVTA) and USTA’s Junior Tennis Apprentice Initiative, Teach Me Tennis is able to offer the program to students at the low cost of $55. This includes a tennis racquet, six one-hour coach-led sessions, and access to the Teach Me Tennis Tournament. By providing students with their own tennis racquet, Teach Me Tennis hopes to make the sport more accessible and fun for all during and after the final tournament.
This year, Eastside Elementary, coached by Cody Fannin, won both the Primary Division and Elementary Division of the tournament. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students and coaches involved in the Teach Me Tennis program at Eastside Elementary.
Participants in this season’s programming are now eligible for a free tennis league hosted by the CVTA starting in May of this year. “This league is a great opportunity for players to continue their progress in the sport in an accessible and welcoming atmosphere,” said Logan Yerbey. Registrations are open now at cvta.us/jtt for all Spring 2023 Teach Me Tennis players.
Special thanks to the sponsors and community partners who helped make this tournament a reality; Teach Me Tennis Founder JP Selle and Coosa Country Club, The CVTA, Rome Tennis Center, USTA Georgia, The Shorter University Tennis Team, as well as Karen Adams, Sam Couch, Cody Fannin, Mike Nichols, Sarah Cargle, and Mike Burnes for dedicating their time to teaching tennis to their students.
For more information on Teach Me Tennis and to see a list of participating schools, please visit their website at www.teachmetennis.org.