Worldwide Day of Play
is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. The event encourages children to think about getting away from the TV and being physically active. Schools and educational organizations have been encouraged to host events around this theme.
And Warner University’s Tennis teams did just that.
On September 12, Warner teamed up with the city of Winter Haven and Nickelodeon to put on an interactive day of play for the kids of the community. Most of the kids were from Winter Haven and Lake Wales, however it was open to the public.
“What a fun event this was for the community and our tennis program,” said Jose Martinez, head tennis coach at Warner. “As a parent, I understand how important and beneficial it is to get kids involved in physical activities at an early age. It’s a good habit to develop.”
Back to School Open House – written by student Monique Frandji
On September 12, Warner’s Men and Women’s Tennis teams lent their helping hands and their racquets for a tennis clinic held at the Winter Haven Tennis Complex.
Backhands, forehands, volleys, and serves were the basics taught during the beginning of the day. Then, the Warner team members split up and played games on separate courts based on the skill level of the participants. Of the 40 who attended, most were kids who were eager to learn and have fun.
Bobby Woodward, director of tennis at the Winter Haven Tennis Complex, said that his main goal for the event was to “introduce the sport of tennis to members of the community of all ages who otherwise would not have come out on their own.”
“I loved to be a part of this event,” said Warner tennis player Fernanda Correa. “I could see the kids’ determination and dedication to hit the ball over the net, and their happiness once they did.”
LW Care Center Christmas Service Project
On October 15, Warner Women’s and Men’s Tennis teams generously volunteered their time at the Lake Wales Care Center. The players and their coach helped the Care Center get ready for their Christmas drive by organizing items in their storage location.
They also placed Christmas presents in categories for boy and girls by age groups and prepared bins for the Holiday Food Drive.