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S19 Episode 02: Tennis in the Pandemic

Tennis program coordinator Meredith Pollack explains why tennis is a great sport to play or try for the first time during the pandemic.

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Quotes from the episode: “One of the things that makes tennis a really good sport for people who want to stay involved in other sports is that a lot of the athletic skills and movements on the court transfer to other team sports. For example, the split step and the adjustment to the pace and depth and speed and spin of the ball has you on your toes in such a way that it can transfer to being a short stop in baseball or guarding people in basketball or to a variety of sports like soccer. So while someone might not be able to play basketball right now, they could come out for cardio tennis drills and get a great workout while also supporting some of the athletic skills they would be practicing while on the basketball court.” – Meredith Pollack

“One of the things that makes our adult beginner class good is that a lot of people in the class are in the same boat as you are.  As you start to learn, you have built-in practice partners who are working on the same things that you are. And a lot of those players end up sticking together, progressing through the classes together, and then they just keep playing.” – Meredith Pollack

A longitudinal study showed that tennis has great health benefits and can add more healthy years to your life than any other sport.

Check out the current tennis programs for kids and adults at Naperville Park District, such as tennis lessons, drills, competitive clinics and special programs like Cardio Tennis by clicking on the Online Registration tab and searching for “tennis.” 

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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