Happier, Healthier, and Smarter Kids

9 Reasons to Get Your Children Involved in After-School Activities

1. Time Management and Prioritizing
Extracurricular activities teach children how to manage their time and prioritize various tasks and commitments.

2. Exploring Diverse Interests
The school band, drama club, or any sport may be an activity your children are interested in joining. By allowing your children the opportunity to explore diverse interests, you give them the opportunity to discover what they are passionate about. Once your children find an activity that they enjoy, succeeding in the activity could ultimately build their confidence and self-esteem.

3. Making a Contribution
Extracurricular activities allow your children to make a contribution to their school or community, which is an important step in preparing them for life outside of academics.

4. Building Self-Esteem
Mastering new skills can help build confidence in children. By participating in after-school activities, they can build their self-esteem in a relaxed setting as their activities provide the opportunity to be successful in something that they are passionate about.

5. College Applications
Another benefit of after-school activities is that they look great on college applications. In addition to academic performance, many colleges look at what activities students are involved in outside of school as a way to fully understand each student.

6. Setting Goals
After-school activities present opportunities for your children to develop their goal-setting skills. Most extracurricular activities involve reaching or achieving a goal, whether it be the lead actor in the school play, winning the state championship or coming in first place in the science fair. As a result, these activities help encourage students to work toward achieving those goals, while having fun at the same time.

7. Teamwork
Sports teams, clubs and activities, like dancing and music, all require children to work together toward a common goal. By participating in these activities, your children develop the skills they need in order to successfully work with others. In addition, extracurricular activities let children to build relationships and socialize with peers who share their interests.

8. Academics
As mentioned previously, recent studies show a correlation between improved grades, behavior and work habits as a result of students’ involvement in after-school activities.

9. AFTER School Programs Keep Your Child Safe

According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC), nine out of ten Americans think all youth should have access to after-school programs, but two-thirds of parents say they have trouble finding programs locally. The bad news is that the situation may be getting worse.

After-school hours are the peak time for juvenile crimes and risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. NYVPRC found that children who do not spend any time in after-school activities are 49 percent more likely to have used drugs and 37 percent more likely to become a teen parent. Kids are also at the highest risk of becoming a victim of violence after school, particularly between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The highest amount of juvenile crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour after most children are dismissed from school.

Share some additional benefits your children have experienced as a result of their involvement in extracurricular activities.

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Studies Show Smart Kids Play Tennis

Tennis is a unique catalyst for educational advantage.

Tennis players spent more time doing homework, and were more likely to report receiving “A” grades. A full 48% of students in the report have an “A” average and 81% say they will attend college.

Tennis players had significantly lower rates of suspension from school and other disciplinary measures than participants in other sports and non-athletes.

In fact, 73% have never been sent to the principal’s office.

Educational advantages among tennis players occurred across all socioeconomic levels.

Adolescent tennis players are well-rounded.

Participation rates within extracurricular activities and community involvement were higher among adolescent tennis players. Indeed, 82% volunteer in their communities.

Tennis contributes to adolescent health.
Tennis players reported lower rates of unhealthy behavior such as drinking and smoking, and are less likely to be overweight or become obese.

Tennis Keeps Your Kids Strong

Playing tennis has many health benefits including:

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  • increasing aerobic capacities.
  • lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure.
  • improving metabolic function.
  • increasing bone density.
  • lowering body fat.
  • improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility.
  • increasing reaction times.

Those virtues include, writes Dr. Jack L. Groppel on the USTA website:

People who participate in tennis three hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause.

Tennis players score higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem, and lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and nonathletes.

Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves and the brain.

Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.

And, competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating or cycling.


Of course I am a little bias when it comes to our program and the benefits of tennis on a kid’s. But the studies above are real. It only makes sense that an active mind and healthy body are going to have a very positive impact on a person no matter what age they are.

I hope you enjoyed today’s article and encourage you to share this article with people you care about.

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Friday Night Lights Back With Vengence

Come on out next Friday Oct 4th at 6pm for Friday Night Lights

This will be a free event with welcome donations. Any donations will go towards Tennis Equipment such as new balls and training aids.

We are going to play fun group games, matches, eat food, and just flat out have a great time so come on out to the best junior tennis event in Douglasville!!!

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Tennis 123 Class at Gold’s Gym

The first day of Tennis 123 was a great one! Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. There were multiple courts instructing things like how to start a rally, the forehand, and backhand, and more. This class is a great way to learn tennis fast, get in shape, and meet new people! This course is hands down the best way for a beginner in Douglasville to become great at the game of tennis. Last years tennis 123 graduates played on their own league team this year! That is only a start of what you could do with tennis.
Here are some great shots of the fun we’ve been having!

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Rosita wins the weekly award!
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Junior Tournament at Gold’s Gym in Douglasville – Results

The 'Friday Night Lights tournament was a huge success! Everyone who came out had a great time. There was a camp fire to stay warm, thanks to the Iverson Family, who also brought Pizza! Peggy Landrum also provided a Wii for the kids to play on. Everybody had a blast and we plan on having more tournaments in the future!

The winners of the 16 and under division were Spencer Johnson and Asia Moore. Spencer has been playing for a long time and shows immense promise to go far in tennis, and Asia does was well. Both players know what it takes to win. Cade Fowler dominated the 10 and under tournament, and became the champion. Cade comes out to practice early every time, and hits against the wall or with others. He is a great competitor, and has improved a lot!

The overall message from the tournament experience is that it is a blast! If you were not able to participate be sure to be involved next time!


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Spencer Johnson takes home the win.


Asia Moore Wins the 16 and under bracket!

Cade Fowler: 10 and under Champ!




Friday Night Lights Junior Tournament at Golds Gym

This Friday (March 22) we are having a fun junior tournament at Gold's Gym! The play starts at 6:00 pm and will last until around 8:00. There will be Round Robin, a 10 and under tournament, a 16 and under tournament, as well as video games like Wii Tennis! So fill out the form below and come on out to Friday Night Lights! 

Cost: $15

There will be food for everyone along with prizes for winners!

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Gold’s Gym Junior Tennis in Douglasville is BACK!!

This past weekend, at the USTA Sunset Hills Frozen Open (it was CALLED the Frozen Open but it was a perfect, warm weekend to play tennis!) students of our own Tennis Paradise program at Gold's Gym in Douglasville (which offers junior tennis programs in Douglasville, GA) played and scored big points! 

As their coach, I am SO proud to have watched them all play, and even though not all of them made it to the finals, the fact that they played, and gave it their all, made me so proud of them. My junior tennis kids are the best junior tennis kids around! 

Check out some of our kids!

Interview with Sonya!

Interview with the boys!

Check out how our kids played:


Spencer Johnson won the 12 and under category! Congratulations Spencer!


Asher Robinson blew through the competition with his scores of: 1-6, 7-6,10-2, making it to the finals! He had an amazing time and played extremely well! He even immediately asked when the next tournament would be so he could play again! Congratulations Asher!


Sonya Ivashchenko made it to the semi-finals in the 12 and under girls category! She played extremely well and ended with a score set of: 

Sonya – Emili Williams   6-2, 6-3
Sonya -Katy Nixon  6-3, 7-6
Rachel Forrester- Sonya 6-1, 6-3
Sonya – Cameron Rogin  7-6, 6-0

Sonya said "playing QF was a battle for her."  She played Katy Nixon who was ranked #3 and  Sonya won moving onto SF. "I enjoyed it and learned a couple of strategies that I can use during next matches".

Sonya said that the moment she was most proud of was when "In the QF match when I won the second set 7-6."

Congratulations Sonya!



Jamie Kuring played extremely well, but lost his match to Anthony Russo. We are still incredibly proud of him for the way he handled the game and the way he played! He's an extremely gracious and well behaved player and we love watching him compete! 


Anthony Russo won 2 matches, but unfortunately had to bow out of the competition due to a sprained ankle. He played amazingly well, and even though an injury inhibited him from continuing, I'm still so proud of him! Way to go Anthony!


Want to get in on all the fun and amazing training? Want to join our amazing group of junior tennis kids? Are you located in Douglasville, GA or in the surrounding area?

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