The reason "advantaged" (as opposed to disadvantaged) kids play tennis is because they grow up in an environment where their parents and peers are focused on expanding their experiences. They`re told to go out into the world and diversify, learn things, try things out to see if they like them.
More often than not, in poverty environments, people are struggling just to stay alive---to survive. They don`t have time to do "as many" things. That doesn`t mean they can`t pick and choose what it is they`d like to try. A tennis racket isn`t any more expensive than a basketball, and you can string a jumprope between two trees to make a net.
I`d have to agree with CraigL on this one. I`m not sure it`s really a "problem" that needs to be solved either. If they were interested and being blocked from indulging in that interest, that would be one thing. I think people really just gravitate more to anything sports or otherwise where they see themselves reflected in the players. But anyway, I found some articles you may want to read on minorities and golf/tennis. Maybe they say something different.
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