Nonprofit Mary’s Family offered its first tennis lessons for Special Education students from the Julius Sprauve School on Tuesday, thanks to a Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands mini-grant.
Caneel Bay tennis pro Eric Gessner was among Tuesday’s volunteers.
“It crosses the midline of your brain, allowing the brain to communicate properly and is considered one of the most successful adaptive physical education activities for kids with neuro challenges, says Martha Toomey, who spearheaded the idea for weekly lessons, and who has worked with disability groups in the past.
“I started adaptive sports programs in Virginia where our kids were in a ski program, but there’s not a lot of snow on St. John.”
Wanna help out? They’re looking for volunteers to play, tennis balls, rackets and cold water for starters.