Talk about great role models! The University of Delaware men’s tennis team recently spent an afternoon sharing their love of the game with students at Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington. Six members of the team and new Head Men’s Tennis Coach Pablo Montana offered basic instruction, led fun games, and had a great time getting about 20 students jazzed up about the game of tennis.
The special visit was organized by Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association (RSTTA), which offers after school tennis programs serving 175 students in four Wilmington schools. RSTTA teaches beginner tennis to thirty 3rd through 5th graders twice weekly at Highlands Elementary. All of their after-school programs are free.
“The essence of our program is about helping our program participants develop confidence and success – on the tennis courts and in the classroom,” said RSTTA Executive Director Kim Paymaster. She was grateful that Coach Montana jumped at the opportunity to come work with the kids at RSTTA. “The student athletes on the UD Mens’s Tennis Team really represent everything we hope our program participants will strive for, with a goal of attending college and developing a lifelong love of tennis,” she said.
Coach Montana said his players had a ball working with the kids in Wilmington. He added that his team is committed to serving the local community and giving back. “Tennis is a wonderful lifelong sport, and it’s a privilege to teach them some of the foundational skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. I’m proud of my players for wanting to take a leadership role while volunteering their time and being positive role models for our local youth.”