2019 Year in Review
In the Community
Chicago Park Districts
For the first time ever, CDTA partnered with the Chicago Park District (CPD) to provide high-quality tennis instruction within their youth summer camp in five Northside parks. CDTA hired and trained staff to run the tennis portion of full-day camps for more than 600 Chicago children. The lessons ran from June 25-July 31. The District also held USTA Team Challenges for these young players several times throughout the summer.
This new activity required a leap of faith for CDTA who had never taken on an effort such as this. The District’s initial planned investment in the program was offset by more than $16,000 in charitable support from a USTA Diversity Grant, a grant from the Chicago Tennis Patrons and a Robert P. and Barbara D. Harris Community Tennis Grant.
A survey was sent to parents at the end of summer and through the results, we learned that more than 70% of the campers had not played tennis prior to the camp and 63% of them expressed an interest to their parents in playing tennis more as a result of the camp. ADVERTISEMENT We were thrilled to expose these youth to tennis and plan to continue to grow this partnership in 2020. Additionally, the Park District was happy to see courts activated. Gary Kuzmanic, CPD Area 3 Manager, commented, “This partnership has been beyond anything I was hoping for!”
Watch our highlight video of the program here. For more information on youth events in the parks, please contact Jill Siegel at email@example.com.
Chicago Public Schools
One of the best ways to introduce the great sport of tennis to kids is in the PE classroom. In the fall of 2019, CDTA staff trained more than 50 Chicago Public School teachers on how to implement tennis units in their schools using USTA’s Net Generation Schools Curriculum. The teachers who registered as Net Generation providers received hard copy and electronic curriculums and an equipment bag filled with racquets, balls and other teaching essentials to deliver tennis to their students.
According to Kelsi Frank, PE teacher at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, “The USTA training helped increase my knowledge of the sport as an educator. By presenting multiple activities for elementary level students that are engaging, enjoyable and easy to learn; now the students can understand and grow to love the sport of tennis.“
CDTA plans to continue this partnership with the hope of creating more after school programs and perhaps even some local junior leagues in the future.
For more information on how the CDTA can help get tennis in your school or any school in the district, contact CDTA Junior Play Director, Barb Rueth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Outreach in CDTA Communities
CDTA staff had a busy summer setting up a booth and planning tennis events all around Chicagoland. In addition to the activities outlined above, your CDTA staff was also sighted at:
- Homewood Flossmoor Farmers Market
- Pulaski Elementary School Days
- Schaumburg Boomers Game
- The Chicago Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square
- Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp Parent Orientations
- The Beverly Hills Tennis Club Centennial Celebration
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact CDTA Junior Play Director, Barb Rueth at email@example.com.