August 31, 2022 Newsletter

SPUT’s Spectacular Summer Recap

Wow! What a spectacular summer we have had at SPUT!

THANK YOU to the youth, parents, coaches, staff, donors, and supporters who made all of these SPUT Summer Program 2022 activities possible:

  • 65 high school and college-age coaches taught kids in our 6-week summer lesson programs, camps, and outreach programs 
  • 606 kids attended SPUT’s 6-week summer daytime and evening programs, which included lessons in SPUT S.P.I.R.I.T (service, perseverance, integrity, responsibility, imagination, teamwork)
  • Roughly 125 youth participated in SPUT’s 2022   All-City Tournament
  • 43 kids enjoyed tennis and off-court math, science, reading, and creative expression in our Academic Creative Engagement camps
  • 125 youth gained confidence through competitive play in our Junior Team Tennis and SPUTniks programs
  • More than 250 kids throughout Saint Paul were introduced to tennis in SPUT’s Community Engagement summer programming
  • 85 adults participated in our Adult Summer Lesson Program
  • 11 SPUT high school youth went to Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus Adolphus College on a scholarship 
  • 500+ youth, families, and Eastview neighbors attended the annual SPUT Summer Carnival at the Eastview Recreation Center
  • 19 teams of adults participated in our World Team Tennis program
  • 29 kids attended the first Bakken Museum STTEM (science, technology, tennis, engineering, and math) camp–in partnership with SPUT! Priority was given to youth from underrepresented and historically excluded communities within the STEM field.
  • 28 girls attended a week-long Middle School Girls Tennis and Leadership Camp at Eastview Recreation Center, made possible through a partnership among SPUT, Inner City Tennis, Fred Wells Tennis, and Education Center, USTA Northern, and Her Next Play.

Whew!

SPUT high school and college youth gathered at coaches training.
SPUT coaches lead an icebreaker question at Hayden Heights lessons.
Middle School Girls Tennis and Leadership camp participants.
SPUTniks players pose for a picture before their matches.
Campers ages 9-13 engineer “burglar alarms” at STTEM Camp.

Looking Ahead…

SPUT’s Fall Lessons Begin This Week

Join us for SPUT’s Fall Program beginning the week of Monday, August 29. Lessons are an excellent place for beginner and intermediate players to learn and grow their game. Our lessons offer a fun and friendly community environment focused on developing players’ tennis and life skills. Players will receive coaching on fundamentals, opportunities to drill and practice, tons of fun games, and will grow through our SPUT S.P.I.R.I.T. (service, perseverance, integrity, responsibility, imagination, teamwork) curriculum. Click here to register.

Register for the Ladies Doubles FUN-Raiser

Join us for the annual Saint Paul Urban Tennis Ladies Doubles FUNraiser on Wednesday, September 21! Come to play and learn more about youth ages 5-18 impacted by Saint Paul Urban Tennis programs (tennis, life skills, leadership, and employment). Funds raised at this event make program scholarships and jobs possible for hundreds of kids each year. Click here to learn more about the event. 

Apply to the Warrior Leadership Academy

The Warrior Leadership Academy (WLA) is a tennis and leadership education program offered by Saint Paul Urban Tennis (SPUT) for high school students, late October- March. Participants must be committed to improving their tennis abilities at weekly drills, and to building skills to become future leaders through off-court workshops and experiences. To learn more or apply, please click hereThe application deadline is Sunday, September 18, at 11:59pm. Questions? Email admin@urbantennis.org for more information.

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