Greenlee Elementary School Students Take Education to the Tennis Courts

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Posted Thu, Oct 10, 2013

Tobias Ortegon, tennis coordinator for Denver Parks and Recreation leads Greenlee students through practice drills. PHOTO: Trevor Davis

Tobias Ortegon, tennis coordinator for Denver Parks and Recreation leads Greenlee students through practice drills. [Photo: Trevor Davis]

DENVER — MSU Denver is helping to dispel the myth that tennis is a sport reserved for a select few.

It’s an urban initiative in collaboration with the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation (CYTF), United States Tennis Association Colorado (USTA Colorado), Greenlee Elementary School and Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) to ensure the predominantly low income, Latino student population of Greenlee Elementary has access to extra-curricular tennis programs and the resources necessary to participate.The equipment, provided by the CYTF to DPR, will afford approximately 35 student participants the opportunity to be mentored in the sport by MSU Denver tennis players who also escorted the children to and from the elementary school for each session. The three-week sessions took place at MSU Denver’s newly built athletic complex tennis courts free of charge for one hour after school twice per week.

“It’s all about giving back the community,” says MSU Denver’s Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coach Daniel Hangstefer. “We have the opportunity to share our knowledge and appreciation of this sport and we get to share them with our community.”

The children, excited to be engaging in the sport, vied for the opportunities to master their newly learn skillset and the University players weren’t any different.

“My team jumped at the chance to mentor these kids and already voicing their interest in initiating further youth mentorships,” Hangstefer says.

Additionally, participants will be given individual equipment to encourage future play in the sport at the end of their program. The package will include an appropriate sized tennis racquet and low compression ball.

“These kids learn to lead by example,” says Tobias Ortegon, the tennis coordinator for Denver Parks and Recreation who lead the sessions.

“My hope is that by taking an interest in sports that they will not only jump start their physical and mental fitness but that they will encourage their friends to do the same.”

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Elizabeth Deluna

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One Response to “Greenlee Elementary School Students Take Education to the Tennis Courts”

  1. Cherise Scrivner Says:

    I think it is a great thing what Greenlee Elementary is doing and I love the fact that you covered an interesting story that is important for people to become aware of.I love reading stories about people giving it back to the people. Good work!

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