The first Mentor Matches tennis program (supported by Dylan's Wings of Change) was a huge success! Held February 16 at the Hardscrabble Club in Brewster, NY, the event gave 12 children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) the opportunity to learn new skills and run drills with one-on-one help from local high school tennis players.
In addition to helping the children have fun while learning tennis, the Mentor Matches event provided important concepts for staying fit—while also increasing the children’s confidence and social awareness. The participants had an hour of fun-filled, skill-appropriate tennis activities with professional tennis instructors; but more importantly, participating kids were able to make meaningful connections with peer mentors close to their own age.
“We can’t wait to replicate this program at other regional clubs,” says Kathleen Murdock, founded of Mentor Matches. “Helping children with autism make peer social connections, especially by fostering good times through sports and games, goes a long way toward building their confidence and helping them reach their full potential. Not to mention, everyone makes a new friend! That’s what Mentor Matches is all about.”
To learn more about Dylan’s Wings of Change, or to run Mentor Matches at a club in your area, contact us today.