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North Fulton campers beat the heat
by Chase Wallace
July 03, 2012 10:09 AM | 2143 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tucker Shmays, 8, son of Nancy Shmays of Alpharetta practices his form during tennis camp at Crooked Creek in Alpharetta on Friday afternoon.
Staff / Erin Gray Tucker Shmays, 8, son of Nancy Shmays of Alpharetta practices his form during tennis camp at Crooked Creek in Alpharetta on Friday afternoon.
In a week that featured triple-digit temperatures for three straight days, many kids around North Fulton resigned themselves to the indoors.

At the Silvia Tennis Academy (STA) tennis camp at Crooked Creek the fun pressed on outdoors as campers and staff alike found unique ways to conquer the blazing temperatures — while also crafting their tennis skills on the hard-court.

“We spend time in the pool, have water chugging races, and go through hundreds of water balloons and popsicles each day,” said Heather Silvia, owner and director of the Silvia Tennis Academy which runs similar camps for kids 14 and under through the summer at Crooked Creek and Seven Oaks in Alpharetta.

“Really it’s nothing different that what we normally do every week; mixing in tennis skills, with our core values and a lot of fun for the kids.”

The fun at last week’s STA camp featured over 40 campers taking in tennis instruction, and a number of off-the-wall games, from six different camp instructors.

“Our staff really is the best part of our camp and they completely make the camps for the kids,” said Silvia, who has been running her STA camps in Alpharetta since 1998. “Most of our counselors are kids that were campers here; they know our system, care about our system and want to teach our system.”

The system at STA involves a focus on fundamentals on the tennis court intertwined with a series of games on and off the tennis court.

Silvia said the fundamentals taught start with the proper semi-western grip for all players of all skill levels. From there each camper is taught the five reference points of the proper forehand stroke, the rules of the game, and will compete in a series of competition against each other.

“We just try to pack as much energy into each day as possible, whether we are working on our tennis games or having synchronized swimming competitions while cooling off in the pool,” said Silvia.

“Really it’s all about two things, improving on the court and having as much fun as possible.”

STA will run one more camp this summer, from July 23-26 at Crooked Creek.

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