Jamestown High Tennis Visits Respite

Jamestown High School (JHS) Mens Tennis players, JHS Coach Bob Artis, and Brent Hughes of Hughes Elite 10s Academy, brought their enthusiasm of tennis to seniors at Respite Care of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. After the coaches shared their experiences of tennis and mentoring youth, the young men demonstrated a fast paced series of conditioning drills they use to improve footwork, agility, strength, and volleying. Although tennis is a Spring sport in high school, many JHS players work year round on their game through programs such as the Hughes Elite 10s Academy.

"Many of our Thursday members at Respite enjoyed tennis in their earlier years. Our JHS/Elite 10s Academy players brought that memory to life," shared Carolyn Yowell, Respite Director.

At the end of their entertaining visit, a 93 year old Respite member stood cheering, "You make me feel like I am 7 years old again; as you swung the racquet, I was swinging the racquet as a young girl. You have made my day!"

"This afternoon was a gift to our seniors, as well as the young men. We hope to cultivate more local youth visits to Respite, it is a win-win for everyone involved," smiled Yowell.

For more information on Respite, call 229-1771. For more information on Hughes Elite 10s Academy, call 812-4596. For information on JHS tennis, contact the school at 259-3600.

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