Junior Explorers: Come learn blind tennis May 27

Junior Explorers: Come learn to play blind tennis on May 27th

Blind tennis has been popular in Japan since 1985 and is now making its way to Canada. Kiyo Breiting has 5 years’ experience teaching blind tennis to elementary school children and has volunteered to teach our Junior Explorers.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Where: Bridgeview Community Centre – 11475 – 126A Street, Surrey (10 minute walk from Scott Road Skytrain Station)

Parking: There is plenty of parking in the Bridgeview Community Centre parking lot.

Who: Children who are blind or partially sighted and their sighted siblings. Parents are welcome to observe, relax and meet other parents in our Parents’ Lounge. Children should dress in stretchy comfortable clothes, and wear running shoes.

New Junior Explorer members are always welcome! All children must be members of Blind Beginnings. You can become a member at www.blindbeginnings.ca. Individual membership: $10/year. Family membership: $25/year.

How to register: Email shawn@blindbeginnings.ca by Wednesday, May 24th. Please let us know the names and ages of the children who will be attending.

A few facts about blind tennis:

  • The game is played either on a badminton court or using the service boxes of a tennis court.
  • Equipment includes short tennis rackets and a sponge ball with a noise-making device inside.
  • The server shouts “Ready?” and then “Play!” before serving.
  • The ball may bounce up to three times before a totally blind player must hit it and twice before a partially sighted player must hit it.
  • Fully sighted players may not volley the ball to blind or partially sighted opponents.
  • Partially sighted players may not volley the ball to blind opponents.

The Junior Explorer’s Club invites children who are blind or partially sighted and their sighted siblings to meet one Saturday a month. The purpose of the club is to introduce children to a variety of recreational and artistic activities, teach basic skills related to physical activity, foster the development of friendships, and have fun! The unique learning and developmental needs of children with visual impairment are addressed to help them develop cognitive, social, creative and coordination skills through sports activities, creative arts, music and other recreation activities. Activities are developed for children 5 to 12 years of age. Children who are younger than 5 or older than 12 who would enjoy activities for this age group are welcome.

Blind Beginnings would like to thank Westminster Savings for providing funding for the 2017 Junior Explorer’s Program.