On February 6, 1993 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe passed away at the age of 49. Not only was he a world famous tennis player, but he was also a strong advocate for education and very much involved in his community. Twenty-seven years later, students at John Williams School No. 5 and students from 15 other schools across the District will learn about Ashe’s legacy and what he stood for.
As part of this legacy lives day, students will be participating in tennis workshops. Physical education teachers from within the Rochester City School District have registered with the U.S. Tennis Association (U.S.T.A) to get free equipment, and tennis professionals from the U.S.T.A. will be delivering some of that equipment on Thursday and teaching students how to play tennis.
Teachers from across the District have participated in professional development to support these types of lessons in physical education classes. Ultimately, this will impact over 2,000 students in the District, exposing young boys and girls to the sport of tennis at the elementary level. It will also give them an opportunity to potentially participate in the District’s tennis programs at the modified and varsity level in high school.