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Lobs and Lessons: Teaching Kids Tennis and Life Lessons

One summer tennis camp goes beyond teaching the basics of the backhand or serve.

“This camp is not just to help the kids learn about tennis, but to learn how to be a good person and have good sportsmanship,” said Lauryn Hutchinson, camp counselor at Lobs & Lessons.

Lobs & Lessons Summer Program at VCU offers tennis instruction alongside lessons on how to live a healthy lifestyle to children in grades K-9. It is one of the 650 chapters of the National Junior Tennis and Learning network, and it has grown substantially over the years.

“The tennis is the main draw for the kids, the lessons we teach is what interests the parents,” said Tina Carter, director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center, which hosts the program. “It’s a place for children from different backgrounds to come together and just be kids.”

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