Our school is an inner city public school, in one of the poorest communities in Oklahoma City. Our school educates nearly 2,000 students but was built to accommodate 1,200 students. With these huge numbers, our athletic programs are classified as 6A. While we compete with the largest schools, we do not have the resources to prepare our athletes like other schools do.
My tennis team started with 3 players, and we have grown to a team of nearly 40.
My kids just know they love to play tennis and work hard to get better every day. As a coach, I know that they are at a huge disadvantage by not having the adequate resources to practice. We have seen great success despite our challenges. The tennis team works to be a model program for all inner city sports both athletically and academically.
Our team has grown from 3 people to 33 kids and counting. We are constantly recruiting. We do not have the resources to accommodate a team this large. We currently use an old grocery cart, and a laundry basket to put our tennis balls in to feed our drills. The tennis balls we have were donated to us over five years ago. They are old, and most are flat so they do not even feel like a tennis ball would feel during a tournament which, again does not allow us to adequately prepare our players for tournaments. A lot of our practice is wasted on our players picking the tennis balls up every 5 to ten minutes when we run out of balls.
We need the requested tennis hoppers and tennis balls to be able to run more drills on different courts.
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