Coach from England teaching tennis to Pine Ridge students

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A longtime tennis coach in England has been offering free tennis classes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Leigh Owen tells the Rapid City Journal ( ) that he’s been visiting Pine Ridge regularly since 1997 and is enamored with the people and their culture.

Owen began coaching at the Red Cloud Indian School in February, spending one day a week at the school. He says the kids really like the sport.

Although Red Cloud does not have a formal tennis court, the school’s gym is perfect for what Owen calls “mini-tennis” to work on technique.

Physical education teacher Patrick Welch says Owen has done an amazing job with the kids.

Owen is back in Liverpool but will return to the United States in early September.

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