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DYC Tennis Program for Kindergarteners Receives 2nd Year Funding

DYC Tennis Program for Kindergarteners Receives 2nd Year Funding

Robert Gamble, PhD, professor of education, developed and piloted the program at West Buffalo Charter School.

Buffalo, New York – September 28, 2015 – The unique children’s tennis development program created by Robert J. Gamble, PhD, professor of education at D’Youville, has received funding for the second year from the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).

This special program, initiated by Gamble, teaches tennis related motor skill and hand-eye coordination to disadvantaged kindergarten children in the West Buffalo Charter School cafeteria, located at 113 Lafayette Avenue on Buffalo's West Side.

“The USTA obviously saw something in our program that enabled us to receive $400 in additional funding,” he said. “The school, teachers, and administrators have been so supportive, and the children absolutely love it.”

Gamble, who volunteers for the program and is not compensated, said the small grant will enable him to purchase rackets, balls, and a small net.

His program follows the USTA curriculum that involves a fifteen minute private lesson per week. Child size rackets and slow, high bouncing balls are used with a smaller net. Gamble’s doctorate is in early childhood education and he is a certified tennis professional. A member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the USTA, he has been the tennis director at Camp Robindel, a premiere summer camp for girls on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, New Hampshire for more than two decades.

He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education at SUNY Fredonia and his doctorate at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Gamble joined D’Youville in 1991 and served as chairman of the Department of Education from 2003-2006.

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