In our last blog “They just keep going and going,” we talked shop about the variety of sports activities and clinics Camp Friendship offers. Today, let’s talk tennis. We offer a fantastic tennis program instructed by Alina Ackenbom. Alina
has not only been our tennis director for 17 years, but she has proven her talent for instruction by creating a clinic that improves tennis strategies, while allowing members to have a blast playing together. These members may not know it, but they are developing good fitness habits and gaining health benefits as well.
So you may ask yourself, what are some other benefits tennis clinic can provide for my child, other than allowing them to have an enjoyable experience and making friends. Well, according to the USTA website, tennis has a variety of physical and mental health benefits. Tennis improves speed, flexibility, and improves cardiovascular fitness. Also, because lessons require self-motivation and determination for improvement, children develop a good work ethic. Now that we have the health section covered, let’s move on to the fun stuff!
This past week, I interviewed one of our determined CF tennis clinic members, Keegan, who raved about Alina’s ability as a tennis professional and coach. Keegan discussed that not only does he have a blast playing tennis, but he knows he is receiving excellent training! Within this training, Alina provides instruction to improve stroke productions, footwork, conditioning and matching to prepare players for tournaments. While this clinic is great for players of ages 7 to 16 who are looking to improve their game of tennis, no experience is required! Alina makes sure that there is no more than 16 players per clinic so each member, whether experienced or a newcomer gets the personalized instruction they need. As Keegan pointed out, Alina and her staff also make sure their program is fun! They play different ball games and match plays to keep their players’ adrenaline going. They even get numerous water and snack breaks so members can socialize and get the fuel they need for a good performance. To see what our tennis clinic is about, watch our video “Get your game on.” So work hard, play hard, and have a fantastic Camp Friendship time!