DURHAM, N.C. -- Members of the Duke women’s tennis team visited a local elementary school in Durham, N.C., Monday afternoon and held a mini-tennis clinic for students in attendance.
“I think it’s good for us to reach out to the community,” senior Chalena Scholl said. “You also hear a lot about giving back to the game. I think that’s important to keep in mind. There was someone who introduced us to tennis, and we’ve had such a great opportunity to come to Duke, because of that first person who introduced us to tennis.”
During the event, the Blue Devils took students through the essentials of the game. Students learned how to properly hit a forehand and a backhand, while also keeping the ball in play. The elementary school students received one-on-one assistance from members of the Duke team throughout the visit.
“I think it’s good to be able to do events like this for someone else,” Scholl said. “Even if they don’t end up playing tennis, maybe it interests them in athletics, and maybe that’s the path that they follow.”