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#IServeBecause: Sheiliana's Story


#IServeBecause: Sheiliana's Story

Seven-year-old Sheiliana is an energetic, talkative, and friendly student at Marcy Tennis Club. A natural storyteller with ample KCTL experience under her belt, Sheiliana was delighted to fill us in on her student experience. Her enthusiastic feedback is a heartwarming affirmation of the weekly program's positive effects.

How did you find out about the tennis program?

I was walking past the Marcy tennis court with my mom. I saw a lot of kids playing together and hitting tennis balls. I said to myself, "I want to be a part of that." So, I told my mom, "That looks like fun! I want to do that." My mom signed me up that day.

When was that? How long have you been playing tennis with KCTL?

I was five years old when I first came here, so this is my third summer playing tennis.

In which areas of tennis have you most improved?

I have gotten a lot better at hitting forehands and volleys. My footwork is better too; I am faster on the court.

What do you think you need to improve?

Backhands are very hard for me. I need to work on them.

Do you ever play tennis outside of our Saturday classes? Who do you play with?

Yes, I play tennis outside of class with my mom. We use the big court at Marcy when it is available. If it is not, we hit against the wall on the handball court.

So your mom is a tennis player, too? Will you bring her to Family Day?

Yes, but I was a tennis player first. I have been teaching her how to play. And, yes, I want to bring her to Family Day!

What is your favorite part about KCTL?

I get to meet new kids and make new friends. I have made so many new friends here! I also get to learn how to play tennis and I really like it. I want to play tennis for the rest of my life.