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Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

On Saturday, July 29, our students competed in Davis Cup, as is KCTL midseason tradition. Modeled off the real Davis Cup, each of the five sites represented a country in the doubles tournament. We put the following nations on the map: Mongolia (Tompkins), Greece (Marcy), Brazil (Lafayette Gardens), Kenya (Sumner), and Trinidad & Tobago (Jackie Robinson). 

Saturday was an usually windy day at Marcy Playground, but we held things (the portable tennis nets) down (literally) with bags of rice. Before the matches began, student ambassadors from each site presented some historical and cultural information on their country to an audience that included many volunteers, parents, family members, and other spectators. The national anthems from each country were played.

The format of the tournament was as follows: The first doubles team to 10 points was the winner of the match. To compliment real tennis scoring, victory meant winning by at least two points. Every single point counted toward the final team score, which propelled participants to make the most of every single point. The final point count was divided by how many matches each site played to determine the Champion.

During play, we witnessed some healthy competition from each site which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. Program Manager Dave Webley notes that he observed "very encouraging signs that our students are improving their games, while learning how to deal with their emotions when competing."

Mongolia was declared the Champion at the end of the day. Congratulations, Tompkins! Although four teams did not go home as winners, all participants had a thrilling and rewarding Davis Cup tournament. Everyone played at least three matches, remained engaged, and demonstrated competitive spirit. 

#NothingTopsTennis: International Teamwork at Davis Cup 2016

#NothingTopsTennis: International Teamwork at Davis Cup 2016

July's educational theme, Cognitive Awareness, concluded with an activity that, for many students, required an entirely new way of thinking: playing tennis with a teammate. While the first eight weeks of the season emphasized individual athletic performance and behavior, July 30 highlighted the importance of collaboration with a tennis partner and appreciation for an entire team.

The Davis Cup is an annual tournament in which each KCTL site represents a country. Landmarks on our diverse world map included Guyana (Lafayette Gardens), France (Marcy), Trinidad & Tobago (Jackie Robinson), Brazil (Sumner), and Senegal (Tompkins). Before play, the students and volunteers from each team briefly discussed key facts about their countries.

Tournament play itself consisted of nine "Champion of the Court" stations, in which participants were paired up and matched up according to skill level. In order to become the new Champion, the Challengers had to score two consecutive points against their opponents.  All points won on the Champion side contributed to each team's total score.

The final results of the tournament were definitely shocking, considering that Marcy is our long-term defending champion. Lafayette Gardens, Tompkins, and Sumner, placed in first, second, and third, respectively. We are extremely proud of all players and teams for their efforts!

Beyond tennis, we were fortunate to have two special guests on the court with us. Thank you to KIND Snacks for again sharing healthy goodness with us, and to Birdie NYC (GreenNYC's mascot) for awesome reusable water bottles in exchange for our promise to use less plastic!

Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

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Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

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On Saturday, August 1, KCTL students participated in a special intraleague tournament, Davis Cup, at Marcy Playground.

The first site-wide contest of 2015, Davis Cup marked the season's halfway point, making it the right time to apply eight weeks of tennis lessons in combination. The doubles-style tournament is also a low-pressure precursor to the Jamboree, a higher-priority singles competition at the season's conclusion.

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Competition aside, Davis Cup was an opportunity for KCTL students, parents, and family members to meet their peers from other sites. We had strong attendance on all fronts, including many spectators seated comfortably--and, occasionally, jumping up and down enthusiastically--along the sidelines.

In the spirit of the real-world Davis Cup, each KCTL team represented a country:

  • Marcy assumed the role of Italy
  • Tompkins claimed Egypt
  • Lafayette Gardens repped Jamaica
  • Sumner played as the Dominican Republican
  • Jackie Robinson spoke for Trinidad and Tobago

Aided by a colorful world map, volunteers and staff from each site presented brief lessons on their countries. The students were encouraged to contribute their own research findings and knowledge to the conversation.

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Newly enlightened by geographical and historical facts, the students took to eight mini tennis courts for double matches with their international opponents.

The first pair to reach 12 points was declared the winner of the match. But the losing team's effort did not go to waste; their points contributed to their country's total score. So, for example, if Jamaica defeated Egypt 12 to 8, Egypt's 8 points were included in Egypt's final count. At the end of the tournament, all points were tallied to determine the Davis Cup's winning country.

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After several rounds of close matches filled with vigorous effort, sharp groundstrokes, and good sportsmanship, we gathered for the announcement of the winning team.

Ultimately, Marcy (Italy) was named victorious in the 2015 Davis Cup, but, quite impressively, Jackie Robinson (Trinidad and Tobago)--KCTL's newest team--came in second by only five points. We're proud of all players for their dedication, for keeping their cool on the court, and for having fun. Winning students earned pins, new grips, and the right to brag until the Jamboree!

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Class Recap: Week 17 & Lots of Photos

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Class Recap: Week 17 & Lots of Photos

We had a great class this past Saturday! It was beautiful weather and the kids were excited to be back on the courts after a week off. We practiced rallying and brought forehand volleying into their toolkit. Many of the kids picked up the volley "punch" easily. A few kids were a little intimidated being at the net--something I completely sympathize with! Hopefully after a few more lessons, they'll feel more comfortable being aggressive at the net.

Mark your calendars, the end of season community jamboree and youth tennis tournaments will be September 28th. (Rain date: October 5th.) All four sites will come together at Marcy Playground to compete in a 10 & over and 9 & under tennis tournament.

Lots of new photos have been added to the Facebook page! Like our page and check them out! Photos by Sam Hasan II. Click an image below to view the full album.

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Davis Cup on Saturday

Reminder to parents and players: KCTL will be holding it's second intraleague Davis Cup of the season this Saturday, August 10! Meet at your site at 1pm and your site leader will walk everyone over to Marcy Playground. The Davis Cup is a men's tennis tournament where players compete for their country (similar to the Olympics.) The women's tennis tournament is called the Federation (Fed) Cup.

Read about our first Davis Cup held earlier this season: ‘Global’ Tennis Tournament Teaches Bed-Stuy Kids Backhands and Borders and view photos from it on Facebook.

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KCTL in the Press & No Class on Saturday, July 6th!

Reminder no class this Saturday due to the July 4th holiday!

DNAinfo.com covered our Davis Cup event last Saturday! Read the article, 'Global' Tennis Tournament Teaches Bed-Stuy Kids Backhands and Borders.

"Kids from The Marcy, Tompkins, Sumner and Lafayette Gardens houses broke into teams representing Russia, Japan, France and Spain and hit the courts, learning facts about their respective countries along the way.

"We try to use tennis as a way to get kids out there - get the kids active, get the kids thinking," said league founder Michael McCasland. "Tennis is the instrument to teach life skills."

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Class Recap: Forehands & Backhands

Last Saturday was so much fun. We worked on forehands and backhands, progressing towards rallying in preparation for this week's Davis Cup competition between all four sites. Lafayette Gardens came out in full force, with 6 volunteers and 20 students. Marcy even started working on serves!

This coming Saturday, we'll be holding an intra-league Davis Cup at Marcy site! Stop by and see how the kids are progressing!

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