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A wow for NCS's class. They have never been ranked #1. A blue chip

is One of their recruits. He is Braden Shick from Greensboro, who is ranked #10 nationally. I expect this is NCS's first blue chip recruit in a very long time and maybe ever. I have lived in GSO for over 40 years and try to follow local tennis. He is a product GSO's youth tennis program, which is partially funded by the Greensboro tennis foundation I think it costs about 25K a year, but provides scholarships or discounts to less well off families with tennis playing kids. It had about 500 kids this past year and many have earned college scholarships. It provides year round Monday thru Friday tennis instruction by local pros and ex college players along with free access to GS0's 20 public clay courts (soon to be expanded) and its 8 indoor court facility in the winter. It also includes on line schooling as part of the cost with tutors for the kids, so that they can play tournaments and not miss class and also practice 3 to 4+ hours a day.

I play in some senior groups on these same courts and have observed them playing tennis. There are lots of minority kids, who often do not have access to tennis but especially access to tennis instruction.

The only well known tennis player to come out of Greensboro was John Isner, but he was a product of a local tennis club and various pros who taught him. He did attend the same public HS that my kids attended.

I am not aware of any similar programs in NC or in nearby states. There are many private tennis academies, but they are very expensive and run for profit. the Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charity and encourages tax deductible donations.

Do any of you know of any similar youth tennis programs? Occasionally our senior group with mostly former 4.5's needs a 4th. A month or so ago we asked a kid to fill in and he was probably at a 5.0 level and was about 16. I don't know if he was this Braden Shick kid that signed with NCS,, but if he was NCS has a very good new player.
You might want to read the link about the history of this tennis program at the link below, but Here is a partial C & P about the Greensboro Tennis Program.

Our Story:

The Greensboro Tennis Foundation really began when Coach Mike Belangia decided to give tennis lessons to a few kids who couldn’t afford to pay. Under his coaching, they became engaged in tennis. As his pupils progressed, more came to him and he was running junior clinics at the city courts. As his junior program grew, Mike realized how many youngsters couldn’t afford tennis lessons, but he believed that all kids could benefit from the game of tennis—not only for the fun, but also for the health benefits, the valuable life lessons and the desire to become more engaged at school. Hence, the Greensboro Tennis Foundation was born to provide low-income area youth the opportunity to play tennis. This year, through clinics, summer camps, outreach and Tennis Around Town, the Foundation has grown to reach over 500 kids, about 75% of whom are on free and reduced lunch programs. It is a diverse group from various races, economic backgrounds and life experiences. In 2017 we had our first two graduates from the full-time academy, Greensboro Tennis Program School. Both received scholarships to play college tennis.

[Post edited by 1969hoo at 06/01/2021 3:28PM]

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