By Kaela Schommer

Summer season is finally upon us, which means nice weather to get outside
and be active. If you’re looking for something to do, why not try tennis?
Playing tennis on a regular basis helps maintain and improve balance, agility,
fitness, strength and mobility. It can also reduce blood pressure, burn calories and serve as a stress reducer. The benefi ts of tennis also include helping
reduce the risk of heart disease.
If you’re interested in taking up tennis, Big Sky and Bozeman have some
great opportunities. In Bozeman from June 13 to Sept. 28, the Bozeman
B-League meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the
Bozeman High School Courts on North 11th Ave. The types of play include
social, casual doubles, mixed doubles, and singles. You can join for a fee of
$40 plus $10 membership to the Bozeman Tennis Association. To sign up
contact bozemantennis@gmail.com.

The Bozeman Tennis Association also provides summer tennis lessons. Adult ses-
sions are July 12 – Aug. 4, and Aug. 9 – Sept. 1. The kids’ lessons are July 11-14, and
Aug. 1-4. To sign up contact Cheryl at (406) 522 -9016 or cclitle@yahoo.com.
Tennis players in Big Sky can use the newly resurfaced courts off of Little
Coyote Road thanks to Big Sky Tennis Association and community donations. For information contact Kimberly Maxwell at (406) 369-3008.

As for tennis camps, Camp Big Sky is providing one camp for kids ages 5-10
as a part of the United States Tennis Association’s Quick Start program. The
lead instructor is Julie Towle. She and her staff will provide a chance for kids
to learn basic tennis skills. They will use smaller courts, nets, balls and rack-
ets to make it easier for the kids to learn.

The camp starts Wednesday July 20, and will be every Wednesday and Friday
from 9 – 10 a.m. This cost is TBA. For more information, and to purchase smaller-sized rackets and balls for $25 contact Katie Coleman at (406) 209-1634.
For adults who are looking to learn how to play tennis in Big Sky, tennis pro
Jason Swanson is available for formal tennis lessons. Contact him at (406)
451-1979

Big Sky resident Kaela Schommer is a cub reporter at the Big Sky Weekly.