The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown has partnered with another association, this time for the benefit of children with intellectual disabilities.
According to a press statement, the club has partnered with the Wadadli Gems to offer a tennis program being launched as “Tennis with Samantha”, a tennis program to provide a setting where children with intellectual disabilities can not only get exercise but work on their motor and social skills.
“Through tennis fundamentals, they will also work with the children to develop their attention, rational thinking (strategy and tactics), and sportsmanship on the court and into their daily lives,” the release noted.
According to Herald Rolland the group’s President, Community is at the heart of what they do, so they are constantly working on building stronger relations with schools, local community groups and others.
“Our club has been championing the cause of autism and other special needs broadly so this initiative is aligned with our goals,” he said.
Samantha Johnson Tennis Instructor for the program said the mission is to teach this special population of children how to play tennis by ensuring that they have access (with a helping hand) to the sport.
Tennis with Samantha will run for ten weeks and will be hosted at the National Tennis Centre at Campsite. Lessons will take place twice weekly for ninety (90) minutes each session. The students currently enrolled in the program are from the Adele School but there are plans to expand the program in the future.