Education & Outreach

Museum Education Programs

At the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, opportunities abound for students and teachers to explore the history of tennis and the impact of its champions on the game's growth and development. Innovative programs designed around curriculum-based learning encourage the exploration of the Hall of Fame's world-class museum collection and multi-media exhibitions. Free transportation is available for all school groups.

School Programs

School programs are designed to provide a meaningful experience at the Museum and enhance classroom learning while supplementing Rhode Island school curricula meant to assist teachers in the classroom.

Lessons are built around Hall of Famers as well as contemporary players. Their lives and accomplishments form the basis for each lesson with the goal of incorporating their stories into a larger narrative thread. The programs listed below are available. Lesson plans may be printed out for use in your own classroom. Each lesson comes with directions, activity suggestions, and reproducible handouts.

The materials available here can enrich your field trip, museum visit to your school, or distance learning experience with the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The materials can also be used independently to help you teach a variety of subjects using tennis as a catalyst.

Social Studies (Grades 6-8)

Breaking the Barriers: African Americans and the World of Tennis explores the tennis players and coaches who broke the color barrier and changed the game for the better. Players profiled include Lucy D. Slowe, Dr. Robert Johnson, Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Venus and Serena Williams, and Madison Keys.

Social Studies (Grades 7-8)

Women in Tennis explores the contributions women tennis players have made to the sport and society as a whole. Players profiled include Helen Hull Jacobs, Alice Marble, Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, and Venus and Serena Williams.

Journalism (Grades 5-12)

Bud Collins and the Art of the Interview introduces students to the three different types of stories used in journalism, and teaches students how to correctly write one of these stories (feature). They will also learn about Hall of Fame journalist Bud Collins and his contributions to the sport.

Literacy

The ABCs of Tennis allows students to explore the game of tennis and some of its vocabulary, while at the same time learn how to compile ABC books related to the game using various methods.

Mathematics (Grades 5-6)

Game, Set, Math explores the history of the Hall of Famers while students do various types of word problems

Geography (Grades 3-4)

Barnstorm Like a Tennis Player! focuses on the geography of the United States while teaching students about Jack Kramer and his barnstorming pro tour of the 1950s.

Science (Grades 6-8)

The Science of Tennis uses the Scientific Method to learn about the history of the tennis ball and how temperature affects the bounce of a tennis ball.

Classroom Visit

Our museum staff will bring the excitement of the International Tennis Hall of Fame to you with our Outreach Program.

Classroom Visit: A museum staffer can visit your classroom and provide hands-on activies with items from our education collection. Our education programs meet Common Core standards for Rhode Island.

To inquire about a classroom visit, please click Classroom Visit Request Form button or contact Doug Stark, Museum Director, 401-849-3990.

Please note: submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation. You will be contacted by a member of the museum staff to complete your reservation.  Please read our Group Tour Procedures prior to arriving.

 

MUSEUM FIELD TRIP

Complement and reinforce your school curriculum while also providing an ideal way to encourage students to have fun while learning.  Field trip experiences are available during the school year (not available on weekends/holidays, or school-break periods).

Guided Tour: Museum staff leads one-hour student-centered, interactive tours for students or youth in grades K–12.

Self-Guided Tour: Groups are welcome to discover the Museum on their own. Groups are provided with an Activity Book to assist in their visit.

To inquire about a trip, please click the Field Trip Request Form button or contact Doug Stark, Museum Director, 401-849-3990.

Please note: submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation. You will be contacted by a member of the museum staff to complete your reservation.  Please read our Group Tour Procedures prior to arriving.