Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tennis Touches Those in Texas

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tennis Touches Those in Texas

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Through its youth programs, the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas offers tennis lessons to children whose parents work for the U.S. Department of Defense. The children are instructed on the basics, but learn much more than how to swing a racquet and hit the ball over the net.

Johnny Bailey, youth sports & fitness director for Lackland Air Force Base, touts the health and fitness benefits of tennis, but also emphasizes the many life skills the game teaches. There's a code of conduct on the base, throughout the military and in life. Bailey says tire sport reflects that. "Once the children commit to taking tennis lessons, we stress how important it is to honor that commitment, even on the days they may not feel like playing." Following instructions, caring for equipment and abiding by tennis etiquette are key elements of the game. "Win or lose they learn to shake bands after each match and to congratulate their opponent on a good game. …

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