Tenacity – tennis plus literacy equals academic success
Tenacity, an after-school and summer program, offers literacy and tennis skills to low-income kids in a safe and productive environment in many Boston locations. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
President and founder Ned Eames, surrounded by children in the summer program, started Tenacity 12 years ago. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Children line up to practice hitting tennis balls thrown to them. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A counselor explains a game to his summer students. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Two girls race while balancing tennis balls on their rackets. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Tenacity participants are often the best academic students. Tenacity was formed to reach students in danger of dropping out of high school. While only about 60 percent of Boston high school students graduate, 95 percent of Tenacity program participants do. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Campers help pick up tennis balls before they move on to their reading session. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Summer session kids read silently under the shade of a tree. The program is not about getting good at tennis, it's about getting good at academics. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Children look for clues in a book called 'I Spy.' About 5,000 kids participate in Tenacity during the school year. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Campers listen to a book read aloud by one of their counselors.
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