If you happen to go by the Patagonia School’s tennis courts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and evenings in June, you most likely will hear racket and see racquets. Along with laughter, these are the sights and sounds of Community Youth Summer Tennis.

The morning session, from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m. for 1st through 5th graders, will be facilitated by Tod C. Bowden, Owner of Bowden’s Choice Fitness and Patagonia Union High School’s Head Tennis Coach. A fun variety of games and challenges introduce the movements and skills needed to enjoy the sport. Participants need comfortable clothing, sneakers, a water bottle, an available healthy snack, and if necessary, shade cap and sunscreen. Racquets and balls are provided. If owners take responsibility for them, personal racquets are permitted.

The evening program runs from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. for 6th through 12th graders. Coach Bowden and Greg Mullins, Patagonia Schools Substitute Teacher and tennis enthusiast, will share tennis skills and enjoyment of the game. Mullins will be providing a ball machine which should be a big “hit” with participants. The goal is to develop and hone striking and movement skills with plenty of “touches on the ball” and fun game scenarios. The ‘what to bring’ list is similar to the one mentioned above.

To obtain a registration form for the COMMUNITY YOUTH 2019 SUMMER TENNIS PROGRAM, please call Tod C. Bowden at (520) 394-2973 or e-mail todcb@q.com.Funding for the Community Youth Summer Tennis Program comes from individual donations. Contributions are welcomed. Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center (PYEC) is the fiscal agent for this Program. Checks can be made out to: PYEC. Please write “Youth Tennis” on the check’s memo line.