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USF Tennis and Harper For Kids Share Their Message

Nov. 3, 2011

(San Francisco) - Through an exciting partnership with both the University of San Francisco men's and women's tennis teams, the Harper for Kids non-profit and the Dons have been taking their life skills programs to local school. Harper for Kids administers a youth life skills program for children based on the philosophy of iconic UCLA coach John Wooden and his famed Pyramid of Success.

The Dons and Harper for Kids have been able to bring its message to Yick Wo Alternative, Daniel Webster, McKinley, Tenderloin Community, Sunset, Claire Lilienthal and Cabrillo schools.

The USF tennis team student-athletes serve as positive role models and coaches, bringing Harper for Kids program directly to the kids during their physical education classes and through exciting tennis exhibitions. The goal of our school programming is to inspire schools to incorporate Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success into their character education program and to teach children important life skills that will help them fulfill their potential and achieve success throughout their lives.

Peter Bartlett, Head Coach, University of San Francisco Men's tennis team:"The USF Men's team is really excited to continue its relationship with Harper for Kids. We feel the mission of HFK can be a life building experience for young kids and fits our program very well.

The Pyramid for Success are the building blocks for children to learn how to be successful in their lives and will be helpful as they continue to strive for their personal best. We also feel this will give our student athletes a great experience working with school youth and ultimately be a very rewarding opportunity to give back and spread the message HFK has to offer."

Pablo Pires de Almeida, Assistant coach, University of San Francisco Men's tennis team:"The University of San Francisco's tennis programs became involved with Harper for Kids in late 2009 as a partner in the first annual Men's Tennis Teams Battle in the Bay Classic tournament. After HFK participated in the kid's day event, we wanted to step up our efforts and really align our programs with the values and mission of HFK.

The USF men's and woman's tennis programs have helped with local HFK kid's day festivals and worked to better figure out a way to immerse ourselves into the community by aligning with the core HFK philosophy. We hope to keep the mission of HFK growing throughout the Bay Area with the help of the University of San Francisco's tennis programs."

Hilary Somers, Head Coach, University of San Francisco Women's tennis team:"I am just so excited to partner with such a great organization, Harper for Kids. The building blocks of Coach Wooden's Pyramid for Success are such a fabulous way to teach student athletes to be their best on and off the court. I know my players are passionate about passing on what they have learned to help youth have the same positive experience they have had with tennis and academics. They are eager to share how the Pyramid for Success teaches them life lessons every day."

Courtesy of USF Sports Information