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Atlanta Coach Recognized for Outstanding Leadership With Young Players

June 29, 2007 02:02 PM

Coach Peterson, founder and director of the Peterson School of Tennis, has established an after-school tennis program for children ages 5 through 12. The program is called “Peterson’s Small Fries and Chicken Fries After School Program” and is focused on teaching kids the fundamentals of the game.

The program is held at Burdett Tennis Center in College Park, GA every Tuesday and Thursday for one hour and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The kids are given a small snack when they arrive and then partake in numerous stroke production drills. In an effort to accelerate the learning process and enhance control, they are taught to hold the racquet with two hands on both sides. Based on talent and age, the ‘Small Fries’ grow into ‘Chicken Fries’ and the ‘Chicken Fries’ eventually grow into High Performance players.

“Our primary goal is to prepare them for tennis scholarships to Division I, II, and III schools,” said Peterson.

In addition to building solid techniques, Peterson works to instill life-long values in his students. He teaches them the importance of working hard to accomplish goals and self-discipline. He keeps them focused and teaches the importance of staying away from alcohol, drugs, and other pressures of society.

When asked what advice he had for other programs, he responded, “Consistently be there for the kids. Keep them lifted in prayer and be sincere and honest with them. Be prepared to physically, spiritually, and mentally pour your spirit into them.”

Throughout his 28 years of tennis experience, Coach Peterson has developed and guided many student athletes to Division I and II colleges and to the pro tour. He has worked with elite college athletes including, Natalie Frazier (UGA) and Whitney McCray (GA Tech). Coach Peterson will continue to be a coach, mentor, and leader for kids across the country.




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