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Thursday, March 26, 2015

GEICO and Game On serve up tennis and academics to inner-city kids

GEICOtennisFor many reasons, kids from urban communities generally have few opportunities to learn and participate in the sport of tennis. But GEICO is helping to change that with its sponsorship of the Game On program. The insurance company and the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) have teamed up to bring high-quality tennis instruction and educational enrichment to students in Washington, D.C., who wouldn’t otherwise have access to tennis facilities.


Working in collaboration with GEICO, DC Parks and Recreation, DC Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Game On offers state-of-the-art tennis and life skills lessons to more than 120 local students. The goal: to promote academic achievement, health and wellness and team-building, all in a safe and fun environment. Game On selects participants between the ages of 4 and 18, and provides training that could lead to scholarships at colleges and universities.


Game On is modeled after the ideals and principles of the late tennis great Arthur Ashe, who believed tennis could be used as an avenue to reach students, helping them learn the sport while enhancing their educational processes along the way. Ashe emphasized the importance of thinking, interpretation of ideas and demonstration of knowledge; fundamentals that can help one advance in the game of life.


Because of GEICO’s generous support, dozens of area students have been given the unique opportunity to learn tennis instruction, receive professional tennis equipment and participate in educational enrichment courses.


GEICO has been instrumental in promoting the sport as well as offsetting student expenses and, more importantly, helping to send students to major colleges and universities across the country on full academic scholarships. Well played, GEICO!






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