January 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Rosanne Boswell of Wilmington, North Carolina
Promoting and developing the growth of tennis occurs in many ways, and perhaps none is as exciting as seeing children take up the sport. That’s the dream of Rosanne Boswell, a volunteer with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association (GWTA), who is everybody’s friend in Wilmington, NC, for sharing her love of tennis.
|Rosanne Boswell gets schools to play tennis.|
“The reason I do what I do is for the kids,” Rosanne said. "My goal is to create opportunities for kids in this town to play tennis."
Since joining the GWTA Board of Directors in 2002 as the School Tennis Program Coordinator, Rosanne has worked very hard with physical education teachers, administrators, and parents to include tennis instruction as part of the PE curriculum in the elementary and middle schools throughout New Hanover County.
Obviously, Rosanne’s efforts paid off impressively in 2003. Here’s just a sample of what she accomplished:
· Trained 26 teachers and parents in the School Tennis Program
· Reached over 1,850 children in 17 school assemblies
· Tripled the number of area schools providing tennis instruction as part of the PE
· Organized an after-school tennis league for middle school children and doubled
the number of schools participating (including a team for home-schooled children)
· Organized the first ever Development Coaches Workshop in Wilmington
· Trained other Community Tennis Associations about the School Tennis Program
· Coordinated the GWTA’s distribution of over 450 tennis racquets, 30 portable
tennis nets, and many cases of tennis balls to schools throughout New Hanover
“Since Rosanne volunteered to work on the School Tennis Program, she has worked very hard to interact with PE teachers and school administrators,” said Yona Bar-Zeev, President of the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association. “Through her efforts, over 75% of the schools in our area are providing tennis instruction as part of PE curriculum, and over 100 children participated in our fall after school tennis league.”
Do you know someone who would make a good Tennis Volunteer of the Month? Email Andrew Feldman with a short description of how your volunteer helps promote and develop the game of tennis. If you have a picture, send it along.
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