Sloane Stephens Foundation Partners With SCTA

“LA84 Foundation/NJTL, along with the Southern California Tennis Association Schools Program, has worked with the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) and the Sloane Stephens Foundation to introduce tennis at the elementary school level,” said Melanie Bischoff, SCTA Director of Community Tennis. “Ten schools including – Davis Middle, Dickson Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Foster Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Jefferson Clinton Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Roosevelt Middle and Rosecrans Elementary – received 10 and Under Tennis Line Grants to install painted lines on their playgrounds.

Sloane Stephens is comfortable working with youngsters just beginning to play.

“The Schools Program organized two trainings to help teachers learn how to teach tennis to students in their After-School programs. Each school was given tennis racquets, mini-nets and the graduated Red, Orange, Green tennis balls that make learning to play easier.”

Bischoff added, “This year I have been working closely with Norm and Reggie Perry of NJP Sports, Inc. Having provided nets and upgrades at many NJTL sites, Norm recommend that I contact Ed Kruse of Trueline Construction & Surfacing Inc to do the painted lines. This was the first time that we have worked with the company, and they did a great job putting down the blended lines at the ten Compton schools.”

Many readers are probably aware that Stephens is dynamic. The word applies to her public presence as well as her tennis playing ability. The 22-year-old, who finished the year with a WTA ranking of No. 30, grew up in Fresno, but now spends down time in Los Angeles, when she isn’t training in Florida.

Sloane Stephens at Compton Unified School District Teacher Training

Were grades being given, her enthusiasm and the fun she has had working with youngsters would rate an “A+”. “Giving children the opportunity to play tennis and live healthy lifestyles is one of the goals of the Sloane Stephens Foundation,” she said. “I’m thrilled to partner with the SCTA to assist with the painted lines in Compton Unified School District. I’m even more excited to get out there and hit with the kids.”

Bischoff enthused, “This is an exciting time to be working with the Sloane Stephens Foundation and Compton Unified School District. Giving kids the opportunity to play tennis in school is a priority for the SCTA.  It is so important for children to start playing tennis at a young age so that they can immediately learn about the fun the game provides and with a start like this, they will continue to play, and enjoy tennis and the fitness aspect for the rest of their lives.

Summing up the partnership, Bischoff said, “It is wonderful to be working with Sloane and her mother, Sybil, along with the Compton Unified School District to make a difference in the lives of so many kids.”