A local organization is giving kids the opportunity to play tennis but what makes this program so unique is the fact all the kids who are part of the program are blind. James Johnson joins us with more on the story, James.
The Laredo Tennis Association is a volunteer based organization that rolled out a new program to get kids who normally wouldn't play the game of tennis a chance to learn the game.
Established 18 years ago, the Laredo Tennis Association is working toward developing and growing the game of tennis in Laredo and surrounding areas. This year the organization rolled out a new program; a program for the blind. Doing things they're not used to doing, these kids are enjoying every minute of the program.
[cg:newsuper\cruz ramos\blind tennis player] 01:37:13:10 "it has changed my life cause before I didn't do anything and now I’m having fun.
For 17-year-old, Cruz Ramos, this is his first time doing anything like this and the experience has been life changing. He's legally blind from both eyes and because of this program has been introduced to sport he hopes to continue.
[cg:newsuper\cruz ramos\blind tennis player] 01:38:39:10 "it is a good experience cause now I know blind people like myself can also do it not only sighted people. 01:38:22:14 "im going to come back here again and hopefully one day play tennis.
This program for the blind was introduced by instructors from McAllen. Since starting the course, the program has really taken off and may have found a permanent home here in Laredo.
[cg:newsuper\claudia villarreal\laredo tennis association] 01:40:41:19 "as time went on we fell in love with the program more and more. 01:41:08:04 "the kids are having so much fun and learning so much.
At the beginning, a lot of the kids were stiff and had never even run before. With the help of the coach and support of the staff they've seen these kids not only do more physically but they've opened up as well.
[cg:newsuper\christina trevino\laredo tennis president] 01:57:49:15 "the pride these children have. The first time they came in their heads were down and no self esteem, but now they're happy. 01:39:27:22 "I feel very happy to be here.
The organization has really grown in the past 4 years. What started with only 40 members now has 380 members. This program for the blind is something new for them and hope to continue the program for years to come. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson