Good News: Lollipop Tennis Camp

Good News: Lollipop Tennis Camp

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Moms may have already started hearing complaints from their children about having nothing to do now that school is out.

A summertime tradition on Wilmington Island is keeping some kids active. The Lollipop Tennis Camp has been keeping youth on the run for three decades. They are finding a way to fill the first days of their summer break, and maybe the rest of their lives.

"I think it's important to introduce them to these lifetime sports - swimming, golf, and tennis - because of the technology now, kids just want to stay home and play Gameboy," said Amy Bradley, Savannah Country Club, Director of Tennis.

Little ones were getting out of the house and onto the courts at the Savannah Country Club Thursday for the start of Amy Bradley's Lollipop Camp, which for 30 years has been the front door to tennis on Wilmington Island.

"These kids are here having a lot of fun. They're making a lot of life memories and that's going to carry them for a long time. They are the kids of the people we taught 30 years ago, so it has a life of its own. It's terrific, I think, to watch these little kids learn how to play," said Clifford Meads, Savannah Country Club, General Manager.

The learning at Lollipop Camp is laid back, with as much focus on fun as on developing skill.

"It's a great introduction for three, four, and five-year-olds. I give them a skill, a drill, and a thrill, and then they go home. The eye-hand coordination is the key. They're learning to watch the ball, they're learning to focus, they're learning how to use their core. They're learning how to run, skip," Bradley said.

They're learning the beginnings of a game that they might choose to play forever.

"I have some that went on to tennis scholarships, I have a bunch playing varsity tennis, their parents are playing. It's a family game for a lifetime and I always say the family that pays together stays together," Bradley said.

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