- What We Do
Our goals are to help kids maintain a healthy weight, get good grades in school, enhance self-esteem and develop a lifelong passion for staying healthy. Regular exercise, good nutrition and an attitude of readiness are vital not only in tennis, but holistically, in a young person's life.
All players must participate in cross-training sessions prior to the start of daily tennis instruction. These sessions are tailored to each program level. The fitness goals are generally outlined under the Tennis Program descriptions.
Tennis is the perfect vehicle to teach youth about health issues as well as the importance and benefits of fitness in their lives. We use the USTA Cardio tennis programs to help students reach personal fitness goals. Regular exercise is part of every player's plan, with running added during the summer. Strength exercises, skill tests and flexibility drills are frequent. Children of all ages do the same exercises, the older ones with more intensity. Our fitness goals are targeted to improving balance, coordination and agility.
Well-balanced meals and healthful snacks feed the mind as well as the body and promote academic success. We offer guidance to young people and their parents about what proper nutrition looks like and the importance of regular, healthy eating habits. The program is especially useful for children who struggle with their health or physical appearance in boosting their self-esteem and confidence.
Consistency and discipline are required to maintain an optimal level of fitness. Individual goals are set at the program's start, tracked throughout, and reevaluated at its conclusion.
We are dedicated to supporting the personal well-being of our student-athletes by providing a safe and welcoming space with access to mental health resources and referrals, if/when needed. We do everything we can to ensure that our young people get the support they need without fear of judgment or stigma.
Our stress-reduction and mindfulness programs, including meditation and cognitive awareness, are designed to help students cope with stress and anxiety. We provide various resources and workshops on topics related to mental toughness and wellness, such as managing stress, building resilience, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. We encourage self-awareness and work to inspire our student-athletes, and support their overall brain health, well-being, and success.
Our program makes wellness an enjoyable experience. With competitions, tours and tournaments in addition to everyday play, HJTEP strives to make physical fitness fun for our student-athletes.