It’s no secret that playing tennis provides countless physical health benefits, and for kids who pick up a racquet, it can help develop self-worth, self-esteem, and teach the fundamentals of relationship building.
But for the many children who are unable to participate, either because of financial or developmental disadvantages, KATS has made it their mandate to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of these children by engaging them in the game of tennis.
Regularly scheduled classes providing instruction and all equipment free of charge are offered to boys and girls between the ages of five to 19 in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, including Victoria. In only two-and-a-half years, KATS has impacted the lives of almost 4,000 at-risk children and has seen their team of dedicated staff grow to include 17 Tennis Canada Certified Instructors and 49 volunteers.
As the only program like it in Western Canada, and just one of three in the entire country, KATS is now reaching out to tennis fans across Canada as their successful program continues to flourish. The group has entered Aviva’s Community Fund contest, in which $1 million in grant money will be distributed to the campaigns that have totaled the most votes.
Those extra funds would help KATS tremendously as the program continues to grow. Sy Silverberg spoke to Tennis Canada late last year about his non-profit’s plans for the future.
“We’re going to increase the number of agencies we’re working with, increase the geographic area we work in, and also try to move more into kids with disabilities and see if we can offer them tennis.” Silverberg said. “We’ve got lots of room to develop.”
Log-in or register to Aviva’s Community Fund contest by clicking the link here, then follow instructions to cast up to 18 of your votes towards “Free Tennis Lessons for Disadvantaged Kids” by the Society for Kids at Tennis.