AUSTIN, Texas – June 13, 2016 – Today, 90 elementary-aged children begin a journey through time as the Andy Roddick Foundation’s Third Annual Summer Learning Program holds its first day at Pecan Springs Early College Prep Elementary in East Austin.
Opening week activities, including a media day on Wednesday, June 15, will introduce students to aviation and tennis before concluding with a trip to the Georgetown Airport. The full-day, free program runs through July 22.
“When I held a tennis racket in my hand for the first time at age nine, I knew I had found my life’s work,” says Andy Roddick, founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation. “Today and every day, the Andy Roddick Foundation exists to help children discover the thing they were born to do. This discovery changes the course of their life and the world.”
Throughout the summer, the program will engage students in approximately 240 hours of hands-on academic and physical activities. With this year’s “Time Travel” theme, students will explore a new decade each week, learning about the time period through sports, science, literacy and arts.
The goals of the program are to:
· build resilient students who have the skills and traits needed to reach their full potential,
· reduce summer learning loss and weight gain, and
· provide students with a fun and memorable summer experience.
Results from last year's program can be found in the Foundation’s 2015 Outcomes Report.
“After two years, we have learned so much about our capacity to deliver high-quality summer learning programs and the need to support other organizations providing summer activities,” says Richard Tagle, CEO of the Foundation.
To that end, the Foundation has invested $100,000 in the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) to enhance their summer programs in 11 community recreation centers that are serving over 1,200 students across our community. Through the Andy Roddick Foundation’s support, PARD will be able to expand their summer services, which include health and wellness and enrichment activities, to more children from ages 4 to 12.
“Our young people deserve the best that our city has to offer and the chance to soar,” says Tagle. “Anywhere and everywhere, our young people should be confident, motivated and inspired to discover what they were born to do.”