Space still available in final weeks of youth tennis camps

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis courts have been filled since June with dozens of children and teens running drills and playing games to increase their skills and knowledge of the sport — and there is still time to register youths 5-16 years old for the last remaining tennis camps of the summer.

Tennis summer camps run weekly, with the final camps set to begin Aug. 15 at the Lee College Tennis Center on Market Street. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes lunch. Students are divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more successful tennis players.

Tennis campers spend their week on the court enjoying a variety of different activities that enhance their conditioning, coordination and footwork. Participants run relay races, practice strokes and compete in matches against their peers. Care is also taken to ensure that the campers stay hydrated and get plenty of rest in the Texas heat. In addition to the youth summer camps, Tennis Professional Rob Coles also offers year-round after-school and private lessons for both children and adults. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College tennis program hosting summer camps for kids, tournament for adults

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis program is offering activities this summer for community members of all ages: half-day and full-day camps for youths 6-14 years old, and a one-day tournament for adults to compete against each other.

Tennis summer camps for kids will begin Monday, June 6, at the Lee College courts on Market Street and continue weekly through August. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and includes lunch. Students will be divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more knowledgeable and successful tennis players.

The adult tennis tournament will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Lee College courts. Participants can compete in singles and doubles play, with an open event for players 18 and older, and an event reserved for those 45 and older. There will also be an opportunity for parents to play doubles with their children.

“Tennis is a lifelong sport that you can play at any age,” said Rob Coles, the tennis professional for Lee College and coordinator of the summer camps and adult tennis tournament. “It doesn’t take a whole team, just a few friends who want to get out on the court.”

Limited spaces are available for the kids summer camps and adult tennis tournament. Registration deadlines are approaching fast. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Youth tennis program revamped, relaunched

Philadelphia native Rob Coles was just 7 years old when he first picked up a tennis racket, embarking on what would become a 30-year career as a tennis player, coach and instructor at private clubs and community organizations across the country.

Rob Coles, tennis pro
Rob Coles, tennis pro

Now Coles is bringing his talent and passion for the sport he loves to Lee College as the new tennis professional, directing a revamped youth tennis program that kicked off this fall.

The tennis program will include private and group lessons for children aged 4-18 years, with an emphasis on helping students develop strong hand-eye coordination and proper footwork and movement. There will also be opportunities for free match play, junior team tennis and in-house competitions.

“Every class we do will be age and skill-level appropriate,” said Coles, who played tennis at Slippery Rock University. “The goal is to get all the kids playing — both with their peers in class, and against their peers in class.”

Coles was initially drawn to tennis because of his intense competitive spirit. After playing and coaching extensively from Pennsylvania to California and many states in between, he saw how the sport gave young people more than just the motivation to be their best. Through tennis, they also learn the value of hard work, patience and taking the time to think things through, he said.

“At higher levels, tennis becomes a moving chess match; there are many parallels between what happens on the court and what happens in life,” said Coles, who still keeps in touch with many of his pupils and maintains contacts at top collegiate programs. “With kids, you can see their growth as they create goals and achieve them. It’s really fun to watch their game get better and become part of their lives.”

For more information about the youth tennis program at Lee College, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.