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Imlay City Middle School "LOVES" Its Tennis Club!

Kimberly A. Stoldt R.D.N.,   Imlay City Middle School
After-School Drills and Skills
Physical Activity Participation
Imlay City Middle School "LOVES" Its Tennis Club!

Imlay City Middle School began an after-school tennis club in the spring of 2011. It has served as a physical activity Play for the Fuel Up To Play 60 program, and due to its success is projected to continue for many years. Free of charge athletic opportunities were a need in our community, as well as a winning tennis team. A middle-school level basic tennis instructional club seemed a natural choice to fulfill both needs. Tennis carts & practice balls were purchased using FUTP 60 grant funds, as well as a customized polo for each participant. The non-competitive club is offered to all grades, 6-8th, co-ed, and free of charge. The high school varsity tennis coach is the instructor, along with a parent volunteer as an assistant. The club runs for three weeks, two days per week in the spring. Each session runs for an hour and a half directly after school. It takes place on the ICMS tennis courts or in the gymnasium, which is used for days with inclement weather. Proper technique, form, and an explanation of scoring are the main focus of each session, but plenty of free play court time is encouraged as well. After five years, participation is at an all-time high, and the club is given rave reviews by the student body. With exceptional administrative support and the determination of our Fuel Up To Play 60 team, the ICMS Tennis Club is a tremendous success!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We plan to make this Play last for years to come by offering the tennis club every spring. It is self-funded and is coached on a volunteer basis. Its success will fuel its continuation.