Tennis club hosts bilingual camp

06/19/2014

Despite West Marin’s significant Spanish-speaking population and a coastal school district in which over half the students are Latino, the Inverness Tennis Club does not have a single Latino among its 130 members. But Doug Johnson, the co-president of the club, says he hopes a bilingual tennis camp—which will kick off its third year this summer—will help facilitate a shift in membership and bridge the cultural divide between West Marin’s Anglo and Latino communities. “I think tennis is a great way to introduce people…it encourages and accelerates the process of cultures coming together,” he said. As a businessman who used to work at Lucasfilms, Mr. Johnson said sports can help build social connections. “I’ve seen the social and camaraderie benefits of tennis,” he said. Imelda Macias, a mother of three children who have all attended the camp, said the youngsters were initially nervous about going to the camp, but that the teacher, Gabriela Martinez, a former star tennis player from Mexico, put them at ease and sparked an enthusiasm for the sport. Now they’re eager for camp to begin this year. The bilingual tennis camp runs from Aug. 4 to 8 and costs $25 per day; scholarships are available and each camper is provided a racket. Contact Doug Johnson at (415) 669.7367 for more information, and to register.