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Mentoring effort offers tennis with life lessons
Vanessa Weeks is starting a new program combining tennis with mentoring that will be offered at the Manteca Tennis Center on Union Road for youth 8 to 15 years of age. - photo by HIME ROMERO
A new program combining tennis instruction and mentoring is being offered at the Manteca Tennis Center for fourth through eighth graders.

The program runs Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in two week sessions.

Kids can receive help with their homework, learn to play tennis and be exposed to a variety of skills and experiences from community speakers. Some of the activities planned include demonstrations from the fire department, dental education and a visit from the police canine unit.

The cost is $90 for residents and $100 for non-residents. The Monday through Thursday program runs from 4 to 6 p.m. over two weeks. The next session starts March 1.

Future Stars 2000’s Pro Vanessa Weeks is heading the program. She has been a United States Professional Tennis Association certified instructor since 1984. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University where she played tennis for the Lady Spartans.

Contact her at 824-2485 for more information regarding sign ups, to be a speaker or to help sponsor the program or a child. Registration is through the Manteca Parks and Recreation at 252 Magnolia Ave.

With a $5000 grant from USTA Northern California, the program is hoping to offer discounts and fee waivers to low-income kids. Community sponsorship is also needed to purchase computers and supplies and to provide additional fee waivers. Future Stars 2000’s is hoping to expand the program to be eligible for National Funding from the USTA’s Tennis and Education Programs that require year round participation, grade assessments and community involvement in the form of sponsors and volunteers.