DURHAM, N.C. –
The Duke women’s tennis team travelled to C.C. Spaulding Elementary School on
Thursday to teach students how to play the game of tennis. The Blue Devils worked
with students on skills such as properly gripping the racket, juggling a ball
on the racket and hitting a forehand, before putting on a demonstration.
The students from C.C. Spaulding are members of an
afterschool tennis program organized by Playworks, a national nonprofit
organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at
recess and throughout the school day. Playworks Durham opened in 2011 and now works
with 15 total schools serving approximately 7,500 students in the Durham area.
program at C.C. Spaulding is run by two Duke Schweitzer Fellows, Kim
Cocce and Melissa Hector-Greene, who are responsible for teaching students
basic tennis skills, while at the same time teaching valuable lessons about
leadership, responsibility and teamwork.
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