Gore Family Foundation donates tennis gear to North Coast basic schools
The Gore Family Foundation (GFF) was delighted to find a cache of Play & Stay tennis equipment hidden away in storage.
The pristine, lightweight racquets and big, colourful balls are the tools coaches need to teach Play & Stay tennis at basic schools and on which enthusiastic, young tennis players love to learn.
Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, in the course of promoting tennis as a lifelong sport that can teach children the value of hard work and keep adults exercising into old age, has said she forced her two daughters to play tennis because of its many virtues.
Obama praised the United States Tennis Association for partnering with her ' Let's Move' 10 and under children's health campaign, stating to American youngsters with respect to tennis: "You're going to learn things like hard work, teamwork, discipline".
The GFF said it agrees wholeheartedly and is undertaking the same tennis programme to local basic schools, under the auspices of the International Tennis Federation.
Gore Development Limited's Yanique Bulgin, stationed at Gore Development Ltd's site office in Montego Bay, St James, was happy to receive the brand new equipment and meet up with coach Dannieke Wright, GFF's Play & Stay tennis coach for Cartagena and Rodlyn Fisher basic schools in Granville, St James.
Wright, in turn, was equally pleased for the additional racquets and balls which are to be put to good use.
The principals of both schools were introduced to Wright and the GFF's Play & Stay tennis programme by Tamara Henry, the Early Childhood Commission's field officer, with whom the GFF is in partnership and works closely.