The Lobs & Lessons after-school program serves up to 40 youth a day, offering afterschool programming five days a week. Youth in the program are participants with one of several community partner organizations. Participants come to the center on selected days during the week, with some youth coming to the center once a week and others attending twice a week. The afterschool program gives students the opportunity to participate on and off the tennis court during their time at Lobs & Lessons.
Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics, and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis.
Six Core Values of Lobs & Lessons Programming
Impact Statements for Lobs & Lessons Programming
Lobs & Lessons Program Staff
Roma Kankaria, Dre’mon Miller and Jamie Smoot
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Participants in the afterschool program receive tennis instruction in one-on-one and clinic settings and practice skills in team format play.
Lobs & Lessons utilizes the USTA’s new youth brand, Net Generation, to help youth learn to play the game and become confident while acquiring new skills. They learn about rules of the game, etiquette, sportsmanship, positive attitudes, fair play, self-esteem and how to take responsibility for choices. These life skills are integrated throughout the tennis program, and instructors routinely demonstrate how they apply to situations in all aspects of life. Cross training is also implemented, giving youth an opportunity to experience a different sport each month and understand how those skills can be applied on the court (or in tennis).
Middle school participants benefit from programming that uses the 60′ and 78′ courts with the green and yellow tennis balls. Youth participate in daily warm-up exercises, skills stations and play-based tennis games. The program helps youth develop skills to compete in matches during the middle school tennis program each spring. The program is held in partnership with Richmond Public Schools.
National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) curriculums, designed to guide youth through processes including decision making, problem solving and working together towards common goals.
Two examples are:
Lobs & Lessons utilizes a variety of curriculums and themes throughout the year for lessons. All life skill lessons include an opening discussion, two or more hands-on activities and concludes with a debrief or reflection.