DYC Receives Grant to Create Tennis Program at West Buffalo Charter School
Robert Gamble, PhD, professor of education, will develop and pilot the program, geared toward kindergarteners on Buffalo’s West Side
Buffalo, New York – September 18, 2014 – A grant from the Eastern Junior Tennis Foundation to D'Youville College will support an early childhood tennis start-up program at The West Buffalo Charter School.
Robert Gamble, PhD, professor of education, will develop and pilot the program, geared toward kindergarteners on Buffalo’s West Side.
“The child’s program involves adaptive equipment, slow bouncing foam balls, a lower smaller net, and proportionate lighter rackets that a five-year old can easily control,” Dr. Gamble said.
“The emphasis is on fun and developing related skills before the youngsters actually hit balls.”
Gamble teaches in D'Youville College's Department of Education, in the School of Arts, Sciences and Education. Gamble's doctorate is in Early Childhood Education and he serves as the Tennis Director at Camp Robindel in New Hampshire, a position he's held for 22 years. He is a member of the United States Tennis Association and was certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association in 1986.
“I’m very excited about teaching tennis to kindergarteners on Buffalo’s lower West Side,” said Andrea Todoro, School Leader at West Buffalo Charter School.
“I know the correlation between motor development and academic performance and we hope that some of the skills our children learn on the court will transfer to the classroom.”
Six children will be selected for the first round of lessons and classes will start Thursday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the school. Portable nets will be set up in the school cafeteria.
“Who knows, perhaps we will discover the next Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal,” Dr. Gamble said.
The program will follow the curriculum established by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Dr. Robert J. Gamble at 716-829-8136 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.