HEADING ON I-95 MR. GOLDEN GLADES TO DOWNTOWN MIAMI. BACK TO YOU GUY. THANK YOU. NOW AT 6:00. WE ARE COMMITTED TABLING YOU STORIES ABOUT WHY MENTORING MATTERS: WE INTRODUCE YOU TO A SOUTH NO FLORIDA WOMAN ON A MISSION TO PREPARE KIDS FOR LIFE THROUGH TENNIS. SPORTS AND AS CBS 4 JIM BERRY HAS BEEN MENTORING YOUNG PEOPLE THIS WAY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW. Reporter: THIS FEEL-GOOD STORY START WINDOW BAD NEWS. REBECCA GOT LAID OFF WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON. OF COURSE I FELT BAD AND DISCOURAGED BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I GAVE MYSELF ONE DAY TO GET THROUGH THAT. AND THEN I SAID OKAY IT IS TIME TO LOOK FOR WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO NEXT. REACH OUT AND THEN BACK UP. FOOTWORK BACK, GO AROUND THE CIRCLE. THE NEXT MOVE, SHE DECIDED WAS TO KEEP DOING WHAT SHE HAD DONE AS A COUNTY EMPLOYEE, TEACH KIDS TENNIS. A YEAR AGO SHE LAUNCHED SERVE IT UP KIDS, A PROGRAM THAT SHE IS FUNDING OUT OF HER OWN POCKET. A LOT OF KIDS, IN OUR COMMUNITY DOESN’T, THEY DON’T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TENNIS. COME ON. BUT WHEN HER AS TENNIS MASTER THESE KIDS ARE GETTING CONSTANTLESSSON, NOT JUST IN TENNIS BUT ALSO IN LIFE. PROBLEM SOLVING, UNDERSTANDING THINGS DON’T COME EASY. THAT’S OKAY. THEY DON’T HAVE TO. THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO. ON THE FINE ART OF BECOMING SELF MOTIVATED. IT URGED KIDS TO — AND TOUGH MOMENTS AFTER THE COURT. WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A PROBLEM WITH SCHOOL, WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A PROBLEM WITH A FRIEND, HOW DO YOU TALK TO YOURSELF, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU ARE TELLING YOURSELF, TO GET YOU THROUGH THAT SITUATION. WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING HERE BESIDES TENNIS. I AM LEARNING HOW TO PLAY HARD, AND HOW TO DO YOUR BEST EVERY TIME. I AM GETTING LIKE CONFIDENCE, BECAUSE I AM HAVING — I MIGHT BE HAVING A — IN MARCH SO I AM GETTING MORE CONFIDENCE. THAT’S GOING TO BE A BIG MOMENT FOR YOU. YES. DO YOU THINK IT WILL HELP YOU GET READY FOR IT. YES. ON THESE COURT, CONFIDENCE IS NOT LACKING. HEY, YOU CAN HIT WITH WHOEVER YOU WOULD LIKE. THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO WHIP UP ON YOU. MAYBE THE ONES. THEY’RE GOING WHIP UP ON YOU. THEY ARE. THEY’RE ALL WORKS IN PROGRESS BUT DON’T PLAY THEM — I CAN’T BELIEVE Y’ALL ARE — FOR HER. OH I AM IN TROUBLE. OH. OH I’M SO SORRY? I HAD BETTER ENJOY THESE SMALL VICTORY WHILE I CAN. WE HAVE SENIOR PLAYERS PLAYING SANCTIONS TOURNAMENTS RANKED IN THE STATE. WE HAVE SOME PLAYS ARE THAT ARE GOING TO COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, ON TENNIS SCHOLARSHIPS. IT IS A SPORT AND A SCHOLARSHIP. YOU GOT YOUR PLANS ON GOING TO COLLEGE, HUH. UH-HUH. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GO TO COLLEGE. ROBOTIC ENGINEERING. WHOA, MY MAN. THAT WILL KEEP HER GOING TO COURTS FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN. IT IS WHAT I LOVE TO CO. MY CALLING. IT IS WHAT I AM GOING TO DO NO MADER WHAT. START BACK THE OTHER WAY. THAT WAS JIM BERRY REPORTING AND TAKING THAT TENNIS MATCH VERY SERIOUSLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO BECOME A MENTOR HEAD TO THE WEB SITE. WE IS A WHOLE LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS TO GET INVOLVE WINDOW ON THERE.

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