The Gore Family Foundation uses tennis as one of its main tools in its mission to prepare Jamaica’s schoolchildren for their education and their lives. Why tennis? The sport teaches good hand-eye coordination, positive social interaction, self-esteem, self-control and concentration. We also like the fact that tennis is new to students, keeps them active, allows them to have some fun, and provides a direct pathway to a university education.
In partnership with Tennis Jamaica and the Early Childhood Commission, the Gore Family Foundation has introduced and runs the Play and Stay Tennis programme in basic schools across the island. This innovative initiative (the same one that Michelle Obama has implemented as part of her work in the USA’s school system) uses the International Tennis Federation’s “Play and Stay” method. The system has been designed to teach tennis in order to maximize mental, social and physical development in young children. The Gore Family Foundation is one of the only Foundation’s in Jamaica to offer tennis to underprivileged kids. Many of our very own beneficiaries from financially challenged backgrounds have studied on full tennis scholarships at U.S. universities.
The Gore Family Foundation welcomes all contributions and would like to express our sincere appreciation to PTR, the Professional Tennis Registry of South Carolina (the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches) for their timely donation of funds and tennis equipment for our basic schools. A wonderful boost to our Play and Stay tennis programmes and much appreciated!