“Tennis 4 Everyone” (started in 2001) is a program in Pensacola run by Rita Dotson, a USPTA Certified tennis pro. She won an award at the USTA/FL Annual meeting in December 2013 for 10 and Under Tennis Programs in Florida.
But “Tennis-4-Everyone” is more than an after school tennis program. On Monday through Thursday at the Fricker Center, 20 to 30 kids get help with their school homework as well. Dotson has afternoon programs at four Pensacola area community centers, Fricker, Gull Point, Cobb and the Boys and Girls Club. In these programs 10 and Under Tennis Clinics are stressed. Most of these kids are from the inner city and really appreciate the homework help as well as the introduction to tennis. She has one local pro, Michael Smith, who helps her out with the tennis clinics. Dotson takes no money for herself in administrating these free programs.
Dotson insists she can fully fund “Tennis 4 Everyone” for $8000 a year. Most of those funds come in the $100 here, $200 there types of donations.
YTF was proud to make a $500 donation to “Tennis-4-Everyone” for the year 2014.
YTF Board Member presents â€œTennis-4-Everyoneâ€ Founder Rita Dotson
a check for $500 while Fricker Center kids work their homework.
The Tennis-4-Everyone program continues to be a success at the Fricker Center in Pensacola, FL.
The Cobb Center in Pensacola also hosts the program each week with the help of Coach Paris Watt.
Gull Point Community Center offers the Tennis-4-Everyone program with great success!
Kids at Woodlawn Heights Community Center have been spending their Fridays learning tennis too!
The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) again donated $1000 to the continuation of the Tennis-4-Everyone program in Pensacola.
Children attending summer camps at community centers in the Pensacola area such as Cobb Center, Fricker Center, and Gull Point receive free tennis instruction. Adult volunteers and University of West Florida (UWF) volunteers assist students with their homework before the tennis activities take place.
YTF Board Member Scott Harrison presents
‘Tennis-4-Everyone’ Founder Rita Dotson a check for $1000
Please click on the following and have a quick read about the organization:
The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) was created in 1962 by several tennis enthusiasts who wished to create a patrons organization.
Until recently, the YTF was the only state-wide patrons group in the State of Florida. Due to a recent bequest from a tennis enthusiast, the YTF looks forward to continuing its quest to promote and nourish youth tennis programs in the state of Florida.