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Best Practice: 2003 Adult Community Programs in Spokane

Best Practice: 2003 Adult Community Programs

Definition and Example:
Seniors-only (60 ) program featuring: USA Tennis 1-2-3, starting with soft balls and transition balls then graduated to regular tennis balls. 

The director (Anne) was a senior who is involved in the local CTA, plays league tennis and was a former aerobics and ski instructor.  She had no previous tennis teaching experience but attended a DCW and has done a great job with her group of 10 dedicated students.
 
Procedure:
Anne and I presented a mini tennis assembly at an interested senior center between their aerobics classes.  Flyers were distributed at the center and the parks department included the class in the local summer program guide.

Format of Play:
USA Tennis 1-2-3, modified Ralleyball, one site/two courts.

One-hour sessions early in the mornings to beat the heat.  Participants stayed after with director to play doubles.
 
Benefits:
Gave each participant an Illustrated Introduction to the Rules of Tennis, provided racquets and prizes will be given for the closing day.  CTA supplemented the cost of the director and provided all teaching supplies; parks department did the promotion pieces. 

Target Audience:
Seniors
 
Timing:
8-9am on Wednesday mornings for a 6 week session. 

Cost:
Cost was only $25.
 
Contacts:
Shelley Goss, Spokane Valley Recreation Director
sgoss@spokanevalley.org 

Anne Parks-Watterson  

 
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