We are so grateful to be involved in an outreach program that brought tennis to a community of high school students in Africa. The tennis nets donated by TSR, as well as racquet and tennis ball donations from others, made it possible to set up a tennis court at Rain Edge High School. We got to see some awesome photos of the kids playing tennis, most of whom were from the street or living at the dump in Nakuru, Kenya.
They were rescued, rehabilitated, and educated through primary school. Now these kids are in high school, which is set up like a boarding school in Kenya. Because education is paid for and the number of rescued kids was on the rise, it became increasingly expensive to support the students’ education.
The outreach there is in the process of building a high school for the 55 children currently there. Due to the cost of property in the town,they had to build it farther away, where there isn’t much opportunity for recreation. With the support of others, the team that we donated the nets to was able fulfill the request for a tennis court.
They set up court lines and installed the net. Not only does this make the school more desirable, but it also gives the kids a chance to learn how to play tennis. Tennis is helping them to get exercise, in addition to teaching them hard work and discipline. The smiles on their faces as they got the hang of the game say it all. Those moments remind us of why it’s more than just tennis.