Milwaukee’s 44 Community Learning Center's (CLC's), located in Milwaukee Public Schools and various youth-serving agencies, serve as havens for children during the after-school hours of 3-6 p.m., the time when children are most likely to get into trouble. The CLC Wellness Program, an MPS initiative focused on battling the rising obesity issue of urban children in Milwaukee, promotes a healthy lifestyle for students by using movement activities, such as tennis.

As the exclusive MPS CLC tennis vendor, MTEF provides tennis instruction at CLC sites throughout Milwaukee using the USTA's innovative Tennis format with players between the ages of 5 and 10. The format enables youngsters to build their enjoyment of the game while developing their tennis skills more quickly and efficiently.  MTEF introduces the game to beginning players on smaller courts and with more appropriate equipment, such as lower nets and compression balls. With this method, players are able to keep the ball in play and learn strokes at a suitable pace. 

The convenience of the portable nets allows tennis to be set up in any available space, such as a gym or outdoor playground area.  Two or three MTEF instructors work with a group of 15-20 students at each site.  The goal is to have the students playing out points as soon as possible.  During the final week a tournament is played at each site, giving each child the opportunity to demonstrate his/her skills.

Participating schools and organizations include:

 - Oliver Wendell Holmes                                      - St. Marcus Lutheran 
 - COA Youth & Family Centers                         - Cass Street 
 - Thurston Woods                                                    - Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Clubs
 - Fratney                                                                       - Milwaukee College Prep
 - Longfellow                                                                - Metcalf 
 - Bethune Academy                                               - Story  
 - Journey House                                                      - Zablocki 

To see a time and location of your specific CLC site go to Community Learning Center's (CLC). To have MTEF's CLC Tennis Program at your site email us at MTEF CLC or call our office at (414) 442-8195.

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