• Participants and instructors at the 2nd annual Toe River Racqueteers tennis camp. Partners Aligned Toward Health, or PATH, has announced the free Toe River Racqueteers tennis program will be offered again this summer June 24-26 at the Brad Ragan Park tennis courts. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
    Participants and instructors at the 2nd annual Toe River Racqueteers tennis camp. Partners Aligned Toward Health, or PATH, has announced the free Toe River Racqueteers tennis program will be offered again this summer June 24-26 at the Brad Ragan Park tennis courts. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Free summer tennis camp is June 24-26

SPRUCE PINE – Partners Aligned Toward Health, or PATH, has announced the free Toe River Racqueteers tennis program will be offered again this summer June 24-26 at the Brad Ragan Park tennis courts. This year marks the third year of the camp in Mitchell County.

Tennis is well-recognized as one of the better ways to be active and fit as long as a person is able, continuing the legacy of a lifelong active and healthy lifestyle for children.

Instructors will continue the methods for teaching children age 10-and-under with softer, slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, lighter and shorter racquets, and smaller court area.  

This format helps children make contact with the ball, gives them a chance to play first time out and keeps them coming back. Scaling tennis to the size of the children promotes greater participation and ensures children will be able to play tennis more quickly. As a result, children will develop tennis games that will mature properly, making them better players in the long term. Older children will receive instruction that builds on those foundational skills.

Research shows early positive experiences in sports create a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. Tennis is fun for children of all ages and levels; with minimal risk of injury, the sport provides many social, health and psychological benefits.

The schedule for the camp is 9-10 a.m. for children ages 5-8, and 10:15-11:45 a.m. for ages 9 and up. If children do not have a racquet, one will be provided, but PATH asks parents to please mention this need in their registration. If children have a racquet from a previous year they have outgrown, we ask they bring it as well, to donate it back to the program, ensuring that we can continue offering racquets to all children in years to come. Please plan to arrive at the courts 15 minutes before the scheduled camp time and bring water, sunscreen, tennis shoes or other appropriate close-toed shoes and a hat, if needed. Parents are invited to enjoy watching or jump in and help out. All coaches and assistants are volunteers.

Visit pathwnc.org/programs/healthy-lifestyles/tennis-camp/, the Partners Aligned Toward Health Facebook page, email brianna@pathwnc.org or call 828-682-7899 for more information about Toe River Racqueteers and to register. The child’s name and age, if they need a racquet, parent/guardian name and telephone number are required to register.  

The continuation of this program would not be possible without support from The Fund for Mitchell and Toe River Health District. 

“The Fund for Mitchell County is pleased to provide support to The

Partners Aligned Towards Health, and in particular the Toe River Racqueteers,” said Nick Joerling, chair of The Fund for Mitchell County. “Our new endowment status has given us the ability to partner with even more Mitchell County non-profits. Thanks to the friends and neighbors of Mitchell County who continue to help build our endowment, and a special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Partners Aligned Toward Health who make this summer’s tennis camp possible.”

PATH and Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force have also compiled a Summer Resource Guide, full of a multitude of activities for children and families in Yancey and Mitchell counties. 

Copies will be sent home with all elementary and middle school students in Yancey and Mitchell counties. Find it online at pathwnc.org/resources/, the local library or email info@pathwnc.org to request a digital copy. 

Call PATH 828-682-7899, email info@pathwnc.org or visit www.pathwnc.org to learn more, support PATH’s work or get involved as a volunteer. 

Visit www.FundforMitchellCounty.org to make a tax-deductible contribution to The Fund for Mitchell County.

The MItchell News

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