Within its massive stone façade, Lakes Tennis Academy contains 15,000 square feet of fitness facilities, complimented by 12 professionally lit, hard-surfaced tennis courts. Through classes and one-on-one sessions, trainers help students of all ages and levels improve tennis essentials, such as speed, accuracy, power, and control. The staff, which includes former NFL athletes and tennis pros who traded serves with the likes of Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, also teach general fitness courses such as boot camps, yoga, and personal training sessions.
Fitness is important, but so is not being bored. LoneStar Sports and Social Club aims to kill two birds with one stone in its coed athletic events for grown-ups. Teams assemble for friendly, competitive seasons of flag football, indoor soccer, kickball and dodgeball, tennis, bowling, and other events, working up a sweat and socializing at the same time. Sometimes things go beyond the simple formula of one team challenging another: organized events, such as the Clue Race Adventure, see teams of two doing battle with both their feet and their brains as they race around the city. Some, but not all, venues permit the consumption of a beer or two, and SCC organizers encourage attendance at post-victory (or loss) happy hours.
Harlan Hopchik, a USPTA-certified tennis instructor, is willing to work with just about anyone who has a racket in his or her hand: beginners through
advanced players, juniors through adults. Throughout the year, he travels around the Dallas area conducting private, semi-private, and group lessons that are geared toward not only improving skills, but also making the game more enjoyable. During sessions, students can tap into Harlan's wisdom and focus on any aspect of their repertoire?from improving their stroke technique and developing their match play tactics to learning how to trash-talk a particularly arrogant tennis-ball machine.
TopSpin Factory training is a tremendous improvement over traditional on-court methods where students attempt to learn stroke production and ball hitting.
In reality, hitting with topspin is the only way to play advanced tennis and is difficult to learn using traditional on-court training methods.
Most Montessori schools shape their curriculum around the teachings of Maria Montessori, the Italian educator whose name is synonymous with encouraging children’s naturally developing intellect. And while St. Alcuin does just that, they also honor the other figure in their moniker—Alcuin, who tutored Charlemagne’s sons and turned York’s cathedral school into a legendary institution. At St. Alcuin, staff adopt a philosophy that encompasses the medieval scholar’s work and also inspires cooperation, independence, and imagination, whether students are conducting a science experiment in class or stretching the time-space continuum to make day camp last longer.
Even when the school year ends, St. Alcuin keeps kids engaged with enriching summer camps that foster independence and community building. Adventure camps feature exciting themes that acquaint campers with live animals, challenge them to build their own kites, or teach them about space travel. Meanwhile, sports camps and enrichment camps let children explore their passions. The school also offers academic camps that give students a leg up when school is back in session, helping kids learn a new language, musical instrument, or useful study skills.
Located inside an upscale tennis club, T Bar M Wellness Center is no stranger to athletes' troubles. Under the direction of Dr. Jeff Scarella, the wellness team strives to treat and prevent injuries with chiropractic care, ultrasonic massage, Kinesio tape, and cryotherapy pain-relief chambers used by the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, and mad scientists trying to live forever.