As the temperatures drop outside, tennis action is still hot inside Ben Franklin School gym on Flax Hill Road in Norwalk, where Slammer Tennis World is conducting its after-school fall tennis programs for players of all ages.
"The court here is fantastic," says Marvin Tyler , whose STW programs provide an affordable opportunity for youths and adults to learn tennis once a week. "The Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department deserves credit for refurbishing the Ben Franklin school gym, which is now a multisport gym for tennis, basketball and volleyball. The support of Mike Mocciae and the Rec department has been terrific for a small businessman like myself."
Players from ages 5 to 16 and adults ages 17 and up learn groundstrokes, volleys, serves and overhead slams. They are also taught the rules of tennis, etiquette and discipline. "We also stress the importance of education and getting good grades in school," Marvin says. The pee wees, ages 5 to 8, play Tuesdays. Kids ages 5 to 6 play from 3:45 to 4:15 and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Players ages 7 to 8 are on the court from 5 to 5:30 and 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Junior players, divided into beginner and intermediate groups, play Wednesdays and Thursdays. Adult lessons for players ages 17 and up are offered on Fridays. Registration for the winter session, which begins Jan. 4, is under way.
"I love teaching tennis to all members of the community," Marvin says. "We keep our class sizes small so that everyone gets the attention they deserve, and we strive to make them affordable for everyone."
Players learn the basics of tennis in a fun atmosphere from Tyler and his staff at STW, which won the United States Tennis Association's Community Tennis Association of the Year award in 2008 in New England. More information on STW's programs can be found on the company's website .
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