BYTE LAUNCHES IN NOGALES
January 30, 2017
Innovative Youth Tennis Program Launched January 30 in Nogales
Nogales, AZ: Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE) is launching its comprehensive tennis and education after-school program today (Jan. 30th) for youth in the twin cities of Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora. In Arizona, BYTE offers free, professional tennis instruction followed by academic engagement activities twice a week to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County.
A mirror program runs in Nogales, Sonora at the Casa Hogar Madre Conchita.
With the support of the US Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation, BYTE administers National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) activities both on the tennis court and in the classroom.
Charlie Cutler, BYTE Founder and Director, uses his experience as a professional tennis player and coach to provide high-quality tennis instruction and athletic training to BYTE students. ADVERTISEMENT
BYTE’s academic curriculum builds off the proven NJTL model, but is specialized to address the Nogales border communites.
Academic activities include learning how to use digital tools, hands-on science experiments, and games that promote better attitudes towards learning.
Highlights of BYTE’s programming include:
- Professional tennis instruction by BYTE Director, Charlie Cutler
- Specialized digital academic curriculum that uses Google Nexus Tablets, donated to BYTE by partner organization Youth Tennis Advantage, that provides technology training and skill development for Nogales children
- Youth development and mentorship through safe, close-to-home recreation facilitated by trained staff and interns from the Nogales High School
- Facilitation of bi-national collaboration so young people can develop relationships of trust, understanding and cooperation across the border
About BYTE: Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE) is a bi-national initiative that provides after-school tennis training and a specialized National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) after-school curriculum to youth on both sides of the US/Mexico border.
By empowering children and young adults as international cultural ambassadors, BYTE strengthens border communities and bridges social, economic, and political gaps. BYTE is part of the Border Community Alliance (BCA), which provides fiscal and legal sponsorship.