Girls Inc. and the Shellaberger Tennis Center Present ‘Serving Up Love’

Editor | - January 23, 2013

A fun afternoon of tennis games and exhibirtions

February 5, 2013 is the 27th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). In the spirit of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and in alignment with the Girls Inc. program "Sporting Chance," Girls Inc. of Santa Fe will be partnering with Shellaberger Tennis Center to present “Serving Up Love” on February 9, 2013.


“Serving Up Love” is an afternoon of fun tennis games and exhibitions. There will be activities for novice and experienced tennis players, including:

  1. Court 1 – “Beat the Pro” Someone feeds a ball to a player who tries to win the point from the opponent on the other side of the net. The player who wins the most points by 2 p.m. wins a prize. Unlimited attempts are allowed after others have tried.
  2. Court 2 – “Tennis Bowling/Basketball” Someone feeds three balls to a player. The player with points wins a prize. Hitting a stack of balls earns two points. If a ball lands in the hula hoop, one point is awarded. The player with the most points by 2 p.m. wins a prize. Unlimited attempts are allowed after others have tried.
  3. Court 3 – “Return Pro’s Serve” A really good player serves two balls, each of which must land in the service box. The receiver with the highest percent of returns that land in the boundaries of the singles court by 2 p.m. wins a prize. The game can increase in difficulty by awarding a point only if the service return passes service line in the opposite court. Unlimited attempts are allowed after others have tried.
  4. Court 4 – “Kids’ Court” Kids have fun playing challenging games of skill.
  5. Court 5 – “Ace the Pro” A player pays $5 for the opportunity to hit three serves in an attempt to ace the pro (hit a serve that is not touched by the receiver). If successful, the player wins $10. No other prize is awarded for this game. Multiple attemptd are allowed but only one $10 prize is awarded.
  6. Court 6 – “Guess Your Serve Speed” A player gets three warm up serves, then tells the judge how fast s/he thinks a serve will be hit (in miles per hour). Another judge records the result of each serve. The player who most accurately guesses his/her speed by 2 p.m. wins a prize. Unlimited attempts are allowed after others have tried.

Community partners include:

  1. UNM Lobos Women’s Tennis Team: assisting with the youth games
  2. Judge Timothy Garcia and Jimmy Parker will play an exhibition with the coaches of the UNM Lobos Women’s Tennis Team

Erica Perkins Jasper, one of the nation's youngest head coaches, got her start at Georgia Southern about 10 years ago and spent two years building that program into a conference powerhouse and coaching eight scholar-athletes. She then spent two years as an assistant coach at William & Mary where the Tribe appeared in two consecutive NCAA championships. Following her success, Jasper was hired at Michigan State where she served as the head coach of the Spartans for two seasons, once again coaching eight scholar-athletes.

Prior to coming toUNM, Erica spent four years in Boca Raton, FL working for USTA Player Development at its Training Center Headquarters. Now in her first season, the Lobos head coach has earned two degrees from Washington State University, a B.A. in history and a masters degree in athletic administration. She played No. 1 singles and doubles for The Cougars and was a three- time All-Pac-10 Selection. She and her husband Colin have one son who just turned one last month.

Kelcy McKenna has arrived at New Mexico after a year stint with Marshall as the Thundering Herd's assistant tennis coach. Before coaching, she was a four-year letter-winner for Sheila McInerney at Arizona State, where she achieved Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American status in singles and doubles. She was also a member of the Pacific Northwest Section/National Team and attained a No. 1 United States Tennis Association (USTA) ranking in singles and doubles for the Pacific Northwest region of the Women's Open Division in 2010. The North Bend, Ore., native graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

Judge Tim Garcia remains one of the Lobos’ most decorated tennis players. He was the only UNM player to participate in the NCAA Championships all four years of his college career, earning All America honors in 1976 and reached the semifinals of the singles draw at the NCAAs. He won the Western Athletic Conference singles title in 1975 and 1976 and was a four-time all-conference selection. After college, Garcia played on the professional circuit for three years, reaching a ranking of No. 130 and No. 54 in international doubles. He played in the U.S. Open, French Open, and the Australian Open. Following a successful tennis career, Garcia earned a law degree and became a highly respected attorney. He eventually became a Judicial District Court Judge in Northern New Mexico.

Jimmy Parker has an impressive record. He was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, Missouri Valley Hall of Fame, Rice University Sports Hall of Fame and St Louis Tennis Hall of Fame. He is the winner of 110 USTA National Championships (3rd All-time) and 23 ITF World Championships (Top Ten All-time). He is a member of World Championship US Dubler, Perry, Austria, Von Cramm, and Britannia Cup Teams and is a former US Junior Davis Cupper, All-American and Head Coach at Rice, former Coach of the Year and 13-time Player of the Year. Parker is the former President of USPTA/Texas, and USTA/Texas Executive Committee Member and Committee Chair, and the current USTA Sr International Committee member. Parker is ranked #1 in the US in 65 & Over Singles, Doubles, and Senior Father/Son. He is the current Associate Pro at Las Campanas (Santa Fe) and was the former Director of Tennis at the Houston Racquet Club for over 30 years.

Sports Programming at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe offers the nationally-researched and evaluated program Girls Incorporated Sporting Chance®. This program provides girls with opportunities to have fun; learn basic movement and sport skills; increase their coordination, endurance, and strength; consider the career opportunities connected to sports; and learn about successful athletes and the history of women in sports. They learn how to be both cooperative and competitive, and how to discipline their bodies and their minds. This program is divided into age-based components: Stepping stones (ages 6-8), Bridges (ages 9-11), Girls enCourage (ages 12-14).

Girls enCourage is an outdoor leadership program that builds girls’ adventure sports skills, fosters their independence, and equips them to be healthy, safe, and active in the outdoors. Girls benefit from adventure sports programs that engage them in a safe, supportive environment, while encouraging them to take positive risks to develop their bodies and minds.

Why This Program?

Although 51% of girls in grades 9 to 12 played on a sports team in high school in 2003, and the number of female athletes is growing, too many girls still encounter roadblocks that leave them sitting on the sidelines instead of sprinting toward the finish line. When girls’ access to sports participation is limited, they miss the chance to develop skills that will help them succeed and habits that can keep them healthy throughout their lives. Girls Incorporated aims to make sports an integral part of girls’ lives and recognizes that girls have much to gain by early participation in sports. According to one expert, if a girl does not participate in sports by the time she is 10, there is only a 10% chance that she will be athletic when she is 25.

Research shows that children ages 9 and 10 who participate in sports rate higher on perceived physical competence and general self worth than those who don’t. In a study of high school students, young women who participated in sports were 40% less likely to drop out of high school and 33% less likely to become teen mothers than their non-athletic counterparts. Young women who participated in sports were also less likely to have smoked cigarettes than those who did not. In addition, girls who are athletes in high school are more likely to have higher grades and standardized test scores, and are more likely to attend college. Adolescent girls who exercise regularly can reduce their risk for obesity, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis .

History of NGWSD

NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

Despite the stunning advances made in the 38 years since Title IX was enacted, high school girls still receive 1.3 million fewer participation opportunities than do boys, and evidence suggests that the money spent on girls' sports programs lags significantly behind the money spent on boys' programs.

NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the five premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, and the Women's Sports Foundation.

For over 50 years, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has been a strong advocate for the changing needs of girls and young women in Santa Fe, particularly those who are underserved or at-risk. We offer nationally researched programs delivered by professionally trained facilitators that empower girls to reach their full potential and become successful adults in today’s world. Girls Inc. of Santa Fe offers programming with unique solutions to problems, and offers opportunities to meet challenges. Our learning programs are experiential and fun. Girls often say that their time at Girls Inc. is when they feel the safest, both physically and emotionally. Learning is supported by collaborations with many other Santa Fe organizations, field trips, community projects, special mentoring and other techniques where girls experience the heritage, culture and diversity that make Santa Fe unique.

Our research-based programs are developed by the Girls Inc. National Resource Center and other Girls Inc. affiliates, and are tailored to meet the needs of our local girls. Our programs help girls confront and counteract negative societal messages about their value and potential, teach girls how to assess risks and make positive choices, and help girls lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

From a Girls Inc. of Santa Fe press release...