Last June a new donor reached out to Tenacity to ask if we could use funding for extra summer staff to meet the demand for our free programs. Of course, we said yes! Thanks to this gift, we had enough support staff to expand Team Tennis, a program in which Tenacity kids travel to other Tenacity sites around the city to compete with each other.
This changed the summer for Sydney, a 5th grader who’s been with Tenacity since he was seven years old. Given the chance to compete in Team Tennis, his coach and co-site leader Annelise noticed a huge improvement in his sportsmanship, motivation, and leadership qualities. "When we went to away matches, Sydney helped so much with the younger kids, and he always made sure all the kids on the court felt included in activities," she said. "In fact, Sydney taught me with his tenacity—I had honestly thought this might be the summer he lost interest, but when Team Tennis came along, he brought his game and his leadership to a whole new level!"
We are proud of Sydney for making the most of Team Tennis, of Annelise for fostering his growth and grateful for all the generous donors who make stories like these possible!
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