Launching Leaders is at the heart of what we do at Saint Paul Urban Tennis. Everyone has the capacity to lead and through our programs, youth are able to recognize their own leadership ability and put it into practice on and off court.
As our tagline suggests, SPUT is all in on Launching Leaders. For this reason, we have developed a leadership pathway for participants to follow that engages them in growing their leadership within the organization. When kids start our lessons they are already being taught key leadership skills when coaches infuse choice into the lesson and encourage teamwork. As their investment in SPUT grows, we have opportunities for leadership development through Junior Team Tennis, the Warrior Leadership Academy, and eventually, coaching. Most of our coaches started with SPUT at a young age and after realizing more of their potential through our programs they are going on to jobs, colleges, internships, fellowships, and more.
Health and Wellness
Helping children develop healthy habits is an integral part of the SPUT Program. With a major increase in the obesity levels of youth, especially in the inner-cities, introducing proper nutrition and eating habits is critical to youth development. We are a proud promoter of the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis Program with support from First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign.
Through our tennis lessons, we aim to additionally teach SPUT SPIRIT. These are the life skills taught throughout our program that include (S) service, (P) perseverance, (I) integrity, (R) responsibility, (I) imagination, and (T) teamwork.
Strengthening our community is at the heart of SPUT, hence our mission statement. We invest in the strength of our community by educating and empowering youth through our programs, providing a space for community gathering through Eastview Recreation Center, and staying active in the dialogue around positive youth development in Saint Paul.
It has long been understood that playing and competing in sports teaches young children valuable life lessons. From the moment a child steps onto a field, court, rink, or course, they are required to follow certain rules and etiquette. They learn appropriate behavior from coaches and teammates that will serve them well in competition and in life.
At SPUT, we pride ourselves on the important life lessons that we teach in each daily lesson. We've created a SPUT Store that is used as a reward system for kids that display the positive behavior we seek on and off the court. We specifically teach service, perseverance, integrity, responsibility, imagination, and teamwork. These life skills and core values are what we've nicknamed the SPUT SPIRIT.
Each SPUT tennis lesson concludes with time for life lessons and reflection. We introduce a new life skill with a story on Mondays and reinforce it through application and self-assessment throughout the week. SPUT Bucks are occasionally awarded to reinforce the lessons.