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Tennis-4-Everyone

Since Rita Dotson founded Tennis-4-Everyone in 2001, children attending summer camps at nine Pensacola area community centers have received free tennis instruction. Dotson, a USPTA Certified tennis professional, won an award at the USTA/FL Annual meeting in December 2013 for 10 and Under Tennis Programs in Florida.

Tennis-4-Everyone coaches and volunteers utilize the United States Tennis Association's 10 & Under format, the latest method of teaching young beginners. The lighter racquets and low compression balls assist in learning proper technique and extended rallies. Children learn to love the sport of tennis - a healthy hobby that can be enjoyed for a lifetime!
Tennis-4-Everyone volunteer tutors and mentors work throughout the school year with kids in community center after - care programs. Assistance with daily homework, studying and remedial practice is provided. Each year, Tennis-4-Everyone introduces over 200 children to the fun and healthy sport of tennis. Studies have shown that kids who participate in sports are less likely to turn to unhealthy and dangerous alternatives in their teen years, such as drugs, gangs and other criminal activities.



-2020-

Thanks to the support of YTF, Tennis-4-Everyone is going strong even through the Covid-19 pandemic. Rita Dotson and her staff continue to inspire the youth in the Pensacola area through tennis.


Ebonwood Community Center kids and Tennis-4-Everyone coaches wearing masks and socially distancing during Covid-19

-2019-

Tennis-4-Everyone is spearheading a drive to get 36' 10 and Under Tennis Courts built at Pensacola's Ebonwood Community Center.


Ebonwood Community Center kids and Tennis-4-Everyone coaches Rob Isosaari (left) and Rita Dotson


-2017-

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!











-2016-

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


-2014-

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 "Tennis-4-Everyone" Founder Rita Dotson
a check for $500 while Fricker Center kids work their homework.


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