If yes, Steve Amaro is your go-to guy.
Freedom High's athletic director hosts the annual summer camp on the Oakley campus.
Amaro said the idea came from his time as a volunteer tennis assistant at Diablo Valley College.
"I learned that you can create a community of learners in a very short time and foster positive relationships between students," he said.
And, so, come Monday begins the four weeks of sessions.
When he began coaching at the school, he realized "I could do more in terms of creating a positive atmosphere that centers around tennis. I envisioned tennis courts that would always be welcoming, full of matches and high energy, and a source of pride within the community."
In 2001, that "dream" essentially came true, becoming quite energetic when he decided to include younger students in the mix.
"It's really amazing watching how students are not only determined to succeed and learn solid technical skills, but a desire to have fun and meet new people," he said.
With more students signing up, Amaro turned to his students and tennis players for help.
"It had a tremendous impact on (all.) It allowed the high school students to try their hand at teaching, gain valuable community service hours and boost their college application data and resumes. It became a first volunteer job for many. And, (the younger students) were able to see positive role models in the community."
He said the payoff is "seeing the kids smile. When they get a serve in, play a ball they did not think they could reach, or try something new because they are in an environment that supports growth, it's an awesome feeling. I am always thankful that I get to be a part of it."
Amaro also likes the idea of mixing students from local high schools.
"At tennis camp, we break down the walls (of the schools). It's not uncommon to see Freedom players connect with Liberty, Heritage, Antioch or Deer Valley players. Essentially, they are creating a tennis bond that supersedes the boundaries of high school rivalry. I find this very exciting."
Despite being athletic director, Amaro is partial to tennis.
"It's given me nearly everything. I met my wife through tennis. I played high school and college tennis. I play tennis with my daughter. It keeps me grounded on even the most trying of days.
"I recommend tennis to everyone. It's a great sport you can play for a lifetime. If you want to try something new or learn advanced (methods) and have fun, tennis camp is the place. After one week, the kids want to come back for more. It worked for me. I'm still doing this some 12 years later."
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TIME FOR TENNIS
What: Tennis camp
When: June 18-21, June 25-28, July 2-5, July 9-12
Times: 8:30-10 a.m. for first- through 8th-grade sessions; 10:15-11:45 a.m. for high schoolers
Where: Freedom High, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley
Cost: $40 per week, plus four unopened containers of tennis balls.
Registration: 925-625-5900, ext. 3044