Arthur Ashe often said, “Tennis is just the hook to teach people about the more important things in life.” CRC members are have certainly proved Ashe right this summer.
For six Thursday afternoons June through July Jenny Pearson, Colette Clouse, Lauren Harmon and Helen Petersen voluntarily led a Champion Reads® program for 25 fourth and fifth graders from the Boner Fitness and Learning Center at the East Washington Library. Mel Anspach’s donation allowed each student on the winning academic team to receive a crisp ten dollar bill. Indiana Spine Group donated a set of books (seven) to every student. Students read books and saw videos of American athletes who overcame challenges, became champions and made the world better for others.
Champion Reads® is a self-contained reading curriculum consisting of seven chapter biographies and educational activities about American athletes: Arthur Ashe, James Blake, Jean Driscoll, Billie Jean King, Sam McNew, Gale Sayers, George Taliaferro. Champion Reads® was created by Hamilton County Community Tennis Association/HCCTA founder Helen Petersen. All of the books were co-authored by Hamilton County high school tennis players and CRC members.
The Boner Fitness and Learning Center is adjacent to Tech High School and serves three IPS elementary schools.
Lauren Harmon (left) and Colette Clouse
L-R: Doriene Smither (East Washington Library manager), Jenny Pearson, Helen Petersen