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Students at Tennis Camp and Seton Hall Combine Sport and Education

Seton Hall Education students paired with Greater Newark Tennis Education Program at summer tennis camp

As the summer began, Greater Newark Tennis and Education (GNTE) and Seton Hall University welcomed young tennis players to their summer tennis program for another year. Players participate in this free program that allows children to play and learn through a comprehensive educational program alongside engaging tennis instruction.

Seton Hall College of Education and Human Services students had the opportunity to practice their teaching skills at this year’s tennis camp. For four nights each week, the Education student heads to the Altair Gibson Tennis Center in Branchbrook Park, Newark, where she will be responsible for the educational portion of the GNTE’s summer program.

Image of young players and Seton Hall Education students Shamika Augustine, Eliana Driesse, Robin Tway and Chelsea Alves on the tennis court.

Seton Hall students Shamika Augustin, Eliana Driesse, Robin Towey and Chelsea Alves were eager to meet their students this summer.

Seton Hall students Shamika Augustin, Eliana Driesse, Robin Towey, and Chelsea Alves serve as instructors in the academic program. On a recent afternoon, they were eager to meet their students and get down to business that promotes education and personal development that creates meaningful connections for life. A veteran of the program, Shamika, her instructor, again this year worked with children aged 7 to 10. “I decided to join GNTE’s academic program last year as her instructor to gain more experience managing a class her size,” she said. “This program gave me the opportunity to plan lessons, teach and manage classes of different ages, and most importantly, taught me how to be flexible in an ever-changing educational environment. That’s what it is.”

Coach Bob Bynum, GNTE’s tennis director with more than 40 years of coaching experience, recalled that when the camp opened in 2019, only five young people attended the first session. During his two hours Monday through Thursday, 50-55 children each night learn tennis and master lifehis skills.

After an hour of tennis instruction, campers settle into short lessons on everything from history to resilience to developing emotional intelligence. With the support of Seton Hall’s student and volunteer staff, young campers are encouraged to explore concepts such as emotional intelligence and communication.

Chelsea Alves said: “Having this diverse curriculum has been a great inspiration to me as an education student.” I also learned to think quickly on my own feet and adapt to the environment in front of me. The overall goal of the program is to foster the physical, social, emotional and academic health of each student participant. GNTE provides tennis and fitness instruction, academic support, life her skills training, and, in the future, college counseling.

The GNTE program brings Seton Hall Education students and athletes together around instructors.

Education Students gain experience teaching students in non-traditional environments with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral curricula

Leading Seton Hall’s aspiring educators is Dr. Omayra Arocho, Associate Dean of College Engagement and Community Development. She fell in love with teaching students over the summer as she saw them gain experience working with young students in the community. “It is an honor to work with such talented and inspiring teachers at Seton Hall,” Arrocho said. “I get to see my students become their own educators and gain valuable experience in teaching.”

Since the program began, it has been a game-based, cognitive-behavioral curriculum focused on social-emotional learning. While teaching how to navigate social interactions, it also teaches people who have exemplified similar skills and resilience. GNTE Executive His Director Charles McKenna said:

This year’s lesson plans offer expanded social and cognitive skills in communication and emotional intelligence while providing historical elements that focus on the history and achievements of the legendary tennis player and the importance of teamwork. “I am delighted to be the Summer Instructor Supervisor for Greater Newark Tennis Education and Curriculum Coordinator for CEHS students throughout the summer,” said Jesse C. Merise. “Like any school environment, no day is the same. So this experience has improved my ability to adapt to any unforeseen circumstances that may arise.”

Using activities, games/sports, arts and crafts, and engaging discussion, academic instructors can explore communication, team building, sustainability, important people in life (parents/guardians, teachers, etc.), animals, plants, and more. Many. Several curricular activities such as journaling, emotional charades, group tasks and listening games are aimed at improving and expanding social and cognitive skills related to each child’s communication and emotional intelligence.

“My hope for the outcome of this program is that campers will better deal with how they understand and empathize not only with their own feelings, but with the people they interact with on a daily basis (peers, siblings, elders, etc.). , know how to handle and communicate, and walk away.)” said Mellis. Seton Hall’s dedicated camp instructors provide campers with the best possible camping experience, ensuring the health and safety of each child while acting as positive role models.

“We start our lessons by checking in on our students and asking them to share different facts about themselves. They began suggesting their own questions to kick off our lessons. says Shamika Augustin. “My students are as big contributors to the structure of the lesson as I am. These lessons create a space to build teams and learn new information in a less demanding environment. “

Additionally, this summer’s lesson focused on the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe and Altair Gibson. Two African-American tennis players broke barriers in professional tennis. Gibson, who spent his later years living in nearby East He Orange, became the first African-American to win a Grand Slam title at the 1956 French Championships. Overall, Gibson won 11 Grand He Slam tournaments, including his five singles titles, five doubles titles and one mixed doubles title. Arthur Ashe is the only black player to win singles titles at Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open.

Retired tennis pro and GNTE Tennis Director Bob Bynum with the players during the summer session.

Retired tennis player and GNTE Director Bob Bynum uses his 40 years of coaching and tennis experience to teach young community members about resilience on and off the court.

Retired tennis pro and GNTE Director of Tennis, Bob Bynum, uses his 40 years of coaching and tennis experience as a tool not only for athletic performance, but for the overall development of the young people he serves. I’m here. “For me, tennis has made all the difference. But it’s not just on the court. “Now, Bynum is using his tennis expertise to inspire a love of the game and all that it can bring to Newark’s young leaders.”

“The Department of Education and Human Services here at Seton Hall does a great job of giving teaching students hands-on experience in the classroom from the second year onwards,” explains Augustin. “Many other schools start placements in the junior or senior grades. I have had three trainings, and as I approach my final year here at Seton Hall, I feel even more prepared to teach my own classes in the near future.”

The summer tennis program runs through August 18th. If you would like to register for this program, please visit

About Greater Newark Tennis and Education (GNTE)

GNTE provides a foundation for a lifelong love of tennis while building social community and promoting wellness. For some, joining a team or going into competitive sports could be the way to go. I hope the GNTE will offer high school varsity letters and possibly college scholarship opportunities for the most dedicated and talented players. Most importantly, GNTE puts all children on the path to greater educational opportunities and inspires them to reach higher levels and excel.