High School Tennis Hawaii
HIT provides a free after school character development program called Play Tennis, started by Leilani M. Magee, founder of HIT (Hawaiian Isles Tennis, 2008). In 2009, one day launch events took place on five islands: Maui, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. The Maui event took place in 2009 at the War Memorial Tennis courts servicing 75 youth representing four Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.
A Rookie coach training session happened the day before to prepare Seabury Hall varsity tennis teams for an afternoon of youth community service through tennis. Before working with the Boys & Girls Club children, the high school players were mentored how to teach by tennis teaching professionals, Leilani Magee of HIT, Jack DeAndrade of Makena Tennis Club and Richard Stumpf of Seabury Hall Tennis.
HIT’s flagship school year round after school Play Tennis program is at Palolo District Park at Jarrett Middle School, and is provided in partnership with After-School All-Stars. Play Tennis summer programs have taken place Upcountry on Maui, and the plan is to begin school year round programing on Maui with the arrival of the 2014-2015 school year. Three additional HIT programs support Play Tennis: Tennis Sisters, Community Revitalization and Equipment & Apparel Recycling.
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