Missouri Valley / Kansas

Buhler High School Players Host Youth Tennis Camp

Kendra Wicks | April 09, 2020

Buhler High School students Camrin and Carter Engelken hosted their very own Youth Indoor Tennis Camp at Prairie Dunes Country Club. The twin brothers are senior members of Buhler High School’s tennis team and are defending 4A state champions in doubles. 


The Engelken twins have helped with Buhler’s summer recreational tennis camps in years past and wanted to create an event of their own. 


“Over the years we’ve noticed a decline in the number of kids playing tennis in our area,” Carter Engelken said. “Our goals were to make an impact on our community and inspire kids to play tennis.”


The tennis camp included two different age groups and had over 40 kids participate. The Engelkens ran through different drills with the kids, focusing on improving their basic skills with forehands, backhands and volleys. Kids and parents were also informed about other ways to keep involved with tennis.


“Jaren Glaser [Kansas Tennis Service Representative] came down and shared with the kids about what USTA has to offer and what Prairie Dunes is doing with USTA,” said Max Pyle, director of tennis and wellness at Prairie Dunes Country Club.


After hosting a successful event, the Engelken twins say the best part of the experience was knowing they made a difference. 


“Our favorite part was the positive feedback after the camp took place. Many parents reached out and thanked us for impacting their kids in a positive way,” Camrin Engelken said.


“Hopefully we inspired kids enough to continue playing tennis and looking for more opportunities in their area. Tennis is a lifelong sport and we have made many unforgettable memories while playing.” 

The USTA is proud to support our community of tennis players and fans through our youth tennis programs.

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