TK4L Helps San Quentin Inmates

Tennis Kids For Life has donated instructional materials to the Library at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco to assist eligible inmates in increasing their understanding, ability and enjoyment of tennis on the court provided for their use. Below is a video which describes how tennis is being utilized to enhance the lives of individuals incarcerated at San Quentin:

We hope to further support this program in the future in an effort to assist in the rehabilitation* of those inmates who are enthusiastic about tennis.

Tennis inside the walls of San Quentin

Los Angeles Times photographer Rick Loomis documents life on and off the tennis courts
inside San Quentin State Prison. (All photos taken April 16, 2010.)

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LEFT PHOTO: Henry Montgomery, who has served 23 years in prison for homicide, serves the ball during a match at San Quentin State Prison.

RIGHT PHOTO: Guards stand watch over inmates in San Quentin’s recreational yard, which now includes a tennis court.

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LEFT: With the task fulfilled of getting a court built in the yard, there’s now the matter of keeping the team supplied with rackets and tennis balls.

RIGHT: Razor wire adorns the walls and fences at San Quentin State Prison, which houses more than 5,000 inmates.

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LEFT: A San Quentin inmate serves during a tennis game in the middle of the notorious prison’s recreation yard.

RIGHT: San Quentin is the state’s oldest prison and has a reputation of being one of its toughest.

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LEFT: Chris Schuhmacher, 37, has served 10 years in prison for murder in the second degree. Schuhmacher regularly plays tennis with other inmates.

RIGHT: At San Quentin, there’s always a fence — or a set of bars — to look through.

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LEFT: Henry Montgomery, 43, center, laughs with other inmates during a break in play.

RIGHT: Raphael Calix watches the activity on one of the blocks at San Quentin. Calix is a regular on the tennis court.

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LEFT: The tennis court at San Quentin is one of the few places in the prison where men of different races regularly mix together.

RIGHT: Inmates congregate in the hall on one of the blocks.

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LEFT: Raphael Calix stretches before a tennis match.

RIGHT: Ronnie Mohamed stands in his cell, which was designed for one person but now holds two people because of overcrowding in the state’s prison system. On the wall hangs a poster of women’s tennis champion Serena Williams.

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LEFT: James “Mac” McCartney leaps for a ball.

RIGHT: Razor wire lines the walls of San Quentin, which houses California’s death row inmates.

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LEFT: James “Mac” McCartney strings up a new net over the tennis court.

RIGHT: James Taylor, a tennis regular, emerges from his cell at San Quentin.

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LEFT: Inmates watch a baseball game being played on the field next to the prison’s tennis court.

RIGHT: High walls surround the prison, which was built in 1852 overlooking San Francisco Bay.

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*The Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) is a branch of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Our mission, as part of CDCR, is to help offenders leave prison with better job or career skills, education, life skills, and confidence, so they can succeed in their futures despite past obstacles. To accomplish this, DRP provides numerous rehabilitative programs and services to both prison inmates and parolees. Evidence shows successful rehabilitation is good for communities in a multitude of ways, including a significant reduction in criminal recidivism.

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