Programs

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Tennis Programs

ZGA Tennis Program provides children the opportunity to play tennis and learn valuable life skills. The schedule for the school year and summer are listed below. Please also contact John Wilkerson if you’d like more information @ 713-857-3241.


Novice/Beginners

Zina Garrison Academy has open enrollment for the Novice/Beginner Program. All you have to do is fill out the application form then come to the park when your age group meets. Make sure you wear a cap and athletic shoes.

Novice/Beginner tennis instruction is for youth ages 4-18. Attendance is open. Classes meet two times a week:


Novice/Beginners Classes are Wednesday and Friday
4-6 years old4:00 pm
7-12 years old4:45 – 6:00 pm
13-18 years old6:00 – 7:00 pm

Beginner Program ends May 22, 2015


*Advanced Instruction– Z Program

Requires Director of Tennis approval.


Monday-Friday (Mandatory attendance)
Hours: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Futures Program

Requires Director of Tennis approval.


Monday-Friday (Mandatory attendance)
Hours: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Novice/Beginners

Zina Garrison Academy has open enrollment for the Novice/Beginner Program. All you have to do is fill out the application form then come to the park when your age group meets. Make sure you wear a cap and athletic shoes. **Bring water!

Novice/Beginner tennis instruction for youth ages 4-18. Attendance is open. Classes meet four times a week:


Novice/Beginners Classes are Monday through Thursday
4-6 years old8:45 – 9:30 am
7-12 years old9:30 – 10:45 am
13-18 years old11:00 – 12:00 pm
Please note the dates below as there will be no Programs:
July 3 & 4
Week of August 4 – August 8

Education Programs

ZGA Education Programs are designed to support academic achievement, health/wellness and social/emotional skills.


ACE – Academic Creative Engagement The ACE philosophy is designed to support academic achievement, health/wellness and social/emotional skills by guiding children through educational processes that include decision-making, problem solving and working together toward common goals. When combined with a tennis program, it provides important Developmental Assets and reflects the ideals and principles of the Zina Garrison Academy by giving children access to a safe, healthy, educational environment. The lessons are engaging, support classroom instruction, and encourage students to communicate and participate in each activity.

Girl’s Confidence Class Girls Confidence Classis inspiring our ZGA girls to know that confidence is a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure. Seminar conducted by Linda Elliott, Executive V. P. of ZGA.

Boy’s Leadership Program ASK (Attitude, Skills, Knowledge) began in February of 2012 for our male students ages 12-17. This class meets every other Thursday with volunteer leadership. Our young men are learning communication skills, how to look for role models in their families and peer groups, how to problem solve in a respectful and appropriate manner, and how to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day life.

One-on-one tutoring in all academic subjects. Zina Garrison Tennis Academy has one-on-one support programs for your school age children years 4-18.

Health and Fitness Program The ZGA Fitness Trainer provides agility, balance and coordination. All ZGA full time students participate in our fitness class for one hour, four afternoons a week, during the school year.

Our students participate in this 12-month point-based competition with youth throughout the United States. Academic scholarships go to those with the best grades and junior tennis tournament results. ZGA has finished with the top students for the past four years and our students have received over $34,000 in college scholarship funds.

Community Service Programs All year round students must participate in ZGA community service projects. We participate in Special Olympics and the Breast Cancer Walk. Our competitive students give back to our program by assisting the coaches with the beginner students during in our summer program four days a week from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Reading is Really Fun Reading time for 4-6 year old ZGA students on Friday afternoons.

College Summer Job Program College students are invited to apply for junior staff positions. College students must be former ZGA students and have at least 2 years of tennis experience in our Competitive Program to be considered for employment. In 2011 we employed four former students as Junior Staff coaches.