The Chattahoochee Foundation believes that participation in tennis helps children learn dedication, discipline, perseverance, self-confidence, and teamwork. These skills are essential for the life-long success of all individuals, both on and off the tennis court. With this vision in mind, we are currently working with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department on a new after school program, called Up A Break, for underserved children at the Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park.
The City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation arranges transportation to and from Sharon E. Lester Tennis Facility for program participants. Upon arrival, the Up A Break participants receive one hour of on-court tennis instruction and drills to promote a healthy lifestyle. Instruction will be provided by Universal Tennis Academy, Lisa Robinson. When the tennis instruction ends, participants receive a nutritious snack, and then the children participate in a one-hour study hall equipped with touch-screen laptops and a tutor to enable completion of homework assignments and other enrichment opportunities. The Up A Break program offers at-risk children the opportunity to develop skills such as teamwork, commitment, focus, responsibility, work ethic and perseverance in a setting that is safe, nurturing, and consistent.
Students in grades 4 or 5 enrolled in the after school program at Center of Hope MLK and in attendance at a Title I school are eligible to apply for the Up A Break program at the Piedmont location. Applicants must complete an admission packet and student essay to be eligible for this program. Students must commit to consistent attendance for an entire semester of the program, with the option to continue through a second semester. Students receive 2 progress reports per semester detailing academic and tennis improvement. Students must also display positive behavior and effort throughout the semester to remain eligible for the program.