STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Tennis is a sport with few opportunities for development in the Ohio Valley. Franciscan University’s head women’s tennis coach Jenna Lynch wants to change that. With a new structure and plan, Lynch will offer tennis camps for boys and girls of all ages come June.
“There are not as many accessible opportunities for young people to learn about tennis, or to improve in the sport with technical and advanced instruction like there are for more prominent sports in the area,” noted Lynch. “The FUS tennis camps are focused on giving more opportunity for the youth to explore tennis and improve their tennis game.”
She went on to add that her goal is to offer a diverse camp experience with enough supporting coaches to cater to every age at any level of experience.
“It is a good opportunity for area youth to try tennis, even if they have never held a racquet.”
Lynch’s camp structure focuses on instilling a greater love of tennis in participants through a mixture of fun, technique training, and competition. A concentration on fundamentals will give the campers the foundation needed to become a solid athlete.
“It is my hope as the camp director that the summer camps will motivate more young people to choose and pursue tennis,” she said. “It’s important for young people to have the support and encouragement needed to pursue what they are passionate about. And it is even more important that they have mentors and opportunities available to provide them with that support.”
The tennis camps begin next month with a junior high tennis camp June 11-14. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-13 (entering 8th grade), and runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
The following week hosts an evening high school camp from June 18-21. High school students entering 9-12th grade (ages 13-18) are encouraged to register to participate in the 6 to 9 p.m. camp.
Two morning youth camps will be offered during the July and August months. From July 30 through August 3, boys and girls ages 8-11 are invited to attend the 9 a.m. to noon tennis camp. An August 6-10 morning camp is open to boys and girls ages 4-7. This youth camp will also run from 9 a.m. until noon.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for area youth who are looking to develop their tennis skills and improve their game,” Lynch added. “I hope these camp opportunities help foster their talent and give them the desire to one day pursue tennis at the university level.”
For more information, click here to download a copy of the summer camp brochure and register today.