I fell in love with tennis when I was 5 years old. I am a senior at Lincoln-Sudbury High School where I play on the varsity tennis team. In the summer, I enjoy fishing and golfing and am also a tennis instructor at the Greenwood Club in Sudbury where I help kids and adults improve their game in a fun and relaxed environment. By founding Kids Serving Kids Boston, it gives me another opportunity to work with kids and teach them how to play the great game and the many life lessons involved including self-confidence and mental toughness. Giving back to my community is something I deeply care about, especially helping people who are less fortunate than me.
— Will Tarini, founder of KSK Boston
ABOUT KIDS SERVING KIDS BOSTON
For the past two summers, the Lincoln-Sudbury tennis team and I have brought the joy of tennis to about 100 undeserved kids that participated in the Holy Family Summer Camp in Dorchester. Catholic parishes in Dorchester have partnered with a local parish in Sudbury, where I live, called Our Lady of Fatima. This bond helps the parishes in Boston in many ways, including the organization of the Holy Family Summer Camp, created by John Ollquist nearly 20 years ago. The Holy Family Summer Camp serves about 100 kids and participates in many activities in Boston including going to the aquarium and taking boat rides in the Boston Harbor. With John's help nearly two years ago, I introduced tennis clinics for the kids at camp! I wanted to do this because I wanted to expose these kids to a new, great game they may have never considered playing due to financial, economic, or cultural barriers. With the help of my teammates from the Lincoln-Sudbury tennis team, we put on a total of 5 clinics.
2016 SUMMER CAMP
The summer of 2016 was another great year for Kids Serving Kids Boston! We started off the year with USTA donating a $1,000 equipment grant to KSK Boston that included 36 brand new Babolat rackets and over 150 new tennis balls! In addition, KSK Boston collected over 120 rackets and raised $2,500. This summer, the LS tennis team and I put on 5 clinics for the Holy Family Summer Camp, spreading the joy of tennis to over 100 kids! It was greaet to see a number of familiar faces and meet new kids as well. We conducted the clinics at the Mary Ellen McCormick tennis courts this year since the tennis courts at BC High were under construction and it worked out great!
At the end of the clinic, each kid received a customized blue Kids Serving Kids Boston drawstring bag! In addition, they got a FrogTog to keep them cool in the summer and a can of tennis balls so they could continue to play tennis! We also received publicity from the USTA! Follow the links to find out more:
Read the USTA's article about Will and the KSK Boston Clinics:
As of March 2016, Will applied for and received a grant from the USTA!
Kids Serving Kids Boston added 36 brand new Babolat kids rackets and 2 buckets of red/orange tennis balls! Will is very appreciative of USTA for approving his grant request because it tremendously helps his fundraising efforts for this summer's tennis clinics!
See more coverage of Will's efforts here:
Will presents a camper with a custom Kids Serving Kids bag, convenient for holding a tennis racket, and tennis balls! His reaction is priceless :-)