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April 10, 2020
ENERGY THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES
By Dilcia Stromberg, Outreach Programs Manager
Coach Dilcia works with a student at one of ICT's Outreach Program sites this past fall. 
When I think about a special student we’ve impacted with our Outreach programming, one young player at the Nokomis-Wenonah campus jumps to mind. Our team delivers programming specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum at that site, and we’ve been doing so for 11 years now. This particular student has participated in our program for 3 years and is now 9 years old. On Thursday mornings ICT’s Education Manager, Laura Myers and I deliver programming consisting of several Kidspeedstations to a group of about 10 students.

ICT’s Kidspeed curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of agility, balance and coordination (ABC’s). The curriculum and stations are adapted to best meet the needs of the students at Wenonah. At first, this young boy didn’t want to try any of the stations, but over time with continued encouragement and support he grew more comfortable and is now willing to try out all of the Kidspeed stations. He is also engaging more with our coaches and volunteers. He’s especially fast and is good at hitting volleys. And though he doesn’t speak very often, he is always asking Coach Laura to race him. I won’t tell you who usually wins!

For more than 18 years I have worked at InnerCity Tennis and enjoy teaching kids and adults a sport I love. I am especially grateful that I get to influence kids on a daily basis. I hope all of our donors realize that because of your gifts we are able to introduce kids to a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives. I also hope that people know that any donation, no matter how small, will be deeply appreciated and is much needed. Smaller gifts add up to a large gift.
This programming was supported in 2019 by a USTA Adaptive Tennis Grant.
InnerCity Tennis is proud to be a 4-star chapter of the USTA Foundation’s NJTL network, which includes more than 250 nonprofit youth development organizations that offer free or low-cost tennis and education programming each year.
 
InnerCity Tennis is a 501c3 non-profit. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift in support of our youth programming, please visit www.innercitytennisgive.org
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