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Thank you for your interest in Lewis-Palmer Ranger Tennis. As a school and a team, we have developed a history of quality tennis teams made up of fine students and athletes. Through a philosophy of sportsmanship and honor, our tennis teams have developed a winning history.
~ Paul Kardel, Varsity Coach - Lewis-Palmer Boys/Girls Tennis since 1999.
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“TENNIS uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love. The basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature.”
The Lewis-Palmer Boys Tennis program has placed and has been considered among the top high school tennis programs for many years.
Success is however not to be viewed as simply the number of wins, losses, placements, trophies, and titles.
"Losing is not my enemy. Fear of losing is my enemy."
There is nothing negative about winning. When seen in the context of a way of measuring our progress and a way of meeting the goals we set before us. We play not only to win but also to learn about the game, ourselves and improve at both.
"TENNIS is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of tranquility."
It does become negative when it becomes winning at any cost. All the titles cannot supplant a person of good character. The Lewis-Palmer tennis team has long held a team philosophy of honor and good sportsmanship shall always come first.
During each season each player will take their own personal journey, both alone and together as a team. Can each of us improve not only as a player on the tennis court but as a teammate and a person off the court?
"It really boils down to this: that life is interrelated. We are all caught in inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
----MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.---
It is stressed to recognize that in order to become better than someone else, we must first become better than ourselves.
"TENNIS is nothing but boxing with a ball."
Can the skills we learn on court have value and transfer both into the classroom and throughout our daily life? It is important to view tennis or for that matter any sport as an experiment. As in any experiment, we may succeed but we also may fail. Failure is not to be seen as negative but simply the opposite side of the same coin. The other side being a success. The coin is that of doing, participating and involvement. There is nothing negative in attempting to do a sport. In order to strengthen our opportunity of success, we must become fearless of failure. Improvement often comes from what is learned through failure. When viewed properly it can provide the necessary soil rich enough to continue an athlete's growth to become that much better than who we presently are.
"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment."
The Lewis-Palmer Boys Tennis Team has 5 First Place Regional titles.
Six-time second place Regional finishes.
Placed within the top ten finishes in State several years.
The team has amassed many First and Second place finishes and trophies in season tournaments.
“A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."
Tennis is reality.
These are challenging times in terms of cyber and virtual addiction. It is important to move more body parts than simply our index finger and thumbs.
Experiences on the tennis court and with the team will hopefully impact the player's life in a very positive and "REAL" manner.
Interacting with teammates and the reality of actually participating physically lends great benefit to each player both mentally and physically.
"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing."
Tennis a lifelong sport.
As we get older it becomes increasingly more difficult to gather a group of participants needed for many other sports.
For tennis singles, ONLY one other person is needed. For tennis doubles, ONLY three other players are required to play.
Tennis can be played and enjoyed from ages three to ninety-three.
Tennis is a safe sport.
The incidences of serious injury in tennis are far below the average sport in occurrence of injury.
With concussions and injury to the brain being among the lowest in incidences among active sports.