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Youth Participate in Paralympic Games with Lobs and Lessons

Fifty-three youth participating in the Mary and Frances Youth Center's Lobs & Lessons program got the chance to experience tennis as someone using a wheelchair would May 19-21 through a new partnership with Sportable, a non-profit organization in Richmond dedicated to providing adaptive sport and recreation opportunities, events and competitions.

Representatives from Sportable kicked off each day with a presentation about their organization and paralympic games, followed by a Q&A session with a participating athlete. The youth then hit the tennis courts in wheelchairs and were taught how to maneuver the chairs, roll with a racquet in hand and learn the basic differences in the game. The youth practiced drills and playing matches from their new position on the court.

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.

Watch the video of the Lobs & Lessons and Sportable partnership at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8zKoyPkk5c&feature=youtu.be.

For more information about Lobs & Lessons, visit mfyc.vcu.edu. For more information about Sportable, visit http://sportable.org/.