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Hi all,

I am fairly new to Dallas and was wondering if there are any public or non-profit programs where I could serve as a tennis structure in the DFW area. I love playing tennis and am compete for a USTA 4.0 men's team here in Dallas. However, what I also want to be doing in my spare time besides improving my own game is to help teach others how to play, particularly those people that may not have the financial means to get their own coaching.

In New York City (where I'm from), I volunteered on public courts where I coached middle school students how to play, and was wondering if there would be similar opportunities here. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

Many thanks!

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I am interested also. I am a 4.0 competitor, and I have done this around the world, volunteering in middle east and east europe. I would love to do this in the DFW area.

If nothing is already set up, maybe some people here could somehow start something to do this?
Hi Michael -- unfortunately, still no responses yet -- I'll keep you posted if I happen to hear anything, and hope that you'll do the same as well. Meanwhile, I wanted to bump this post to see if anyone had any ideas. I'm sure there must be some tennis players in the DFW that also volunteer. Please speak up, guys -- don't be shy!

Best,
Eric

Michael said:
I am interested also. I am a 4.0 competitor, and I have done this around the world, volunteering in middle east and east europe. I would love to do this in the DFW area.

If nothing is already set up, maybe some people here could somehow start something to do this?
Have either of you tried contacting some local recreation centers that are located in financially disadvantaged areas? I'm sure they would love to take advantage of your generous offer to teach underprivileged children. Also, you can contact some middle schools and/or high schools that have tennis courts to see if you would be welcome there. I can't imagine many people would turn down "free" and it would occupy some kids' time that might otherwise get into trouble. Good luck!
Hi SWARD - I think that's a great suggestion. The points you mentioned are exactly the reason why I'm interested in these opportunities, and I assume the same is true for Michael as well. We are fortunate enough to have reached a certain skill level in tennis where it would be great to share our passion and enthusiasm for the sport with others, especially if it means giving the opportunity to underprivileged individuals to do something habit-forming for their lives and potentially keep them out of harm's way.

I'll spend some time searching for recreational centers in the DFW area. That being said, if any institutions come to your mind, would you please let me know? I'm fairly new to Texas, so my level of familiarity with the DFW area is still fairly basic.

Many thanks,
Eric
Look in to local non profits running under the USTA banner, im sure you can find a list somewhere. My parents ran the Rowlett Tennis Ass. for quite a few years. We did assembly's at the local grade schools, if certified you can even get paid to run them. Im sure if you got in contact with a few community groups or clubs they would love help running mixers, events and such. I wish i had more info, unfortunately my parents no longer run the program in Rowlett. The people that run the USTA Texas section are very helpful and always looking to grow the game, you may be able to contact them and they could give you some emails or numbers of programs in the area.

Good luck
Kameron
I think this is a great idea!

I am involved in a professionals club that volunteers heavily with the Boys and Girls club of Dallas, I am sure they would just love for you to teach some sort of regular clinic for the kids. Also, next week organizers from the Big Bothers/Big Sisters are coming to my office to speak about a special program they have especially for children of convicts, an especially at risk children's group, so they might be interested to. Give me a couple of days to reach out to my contacts and I'll send you more concrete information.

Thanks,

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