abc123 Sports
Merging Sports Instruction with Math & Reading!

About Us


Our Story

abc123 founder Pat Theriault has created a fun and unique way for kids to get quality sports instruction while simultaneously becoming stronger students in the classroom. Pat, with over 30 years experience coaching and working with kids used her experience to develop programs specifically designed to provide a fun, engaging, movement based environment where kids get a truly unique athletic experience while learning their math and reading skills.

Utilizing a special set of transition balls with letters and numbers on each side, kids participate in activities that merge sports instruction with the fundamentals of math and reading.

In the brief time that abc123 has been around it has been well received. abc123 has partnered with several non-profit organizations, athletic clubs, and schools to bring their unique program to kids. Both the abc123 Tennis and abc123 Ball Skills programs have been a hit with instructors, parents, and kids.

We believe our programs enrich the lives of the children who participate and the goal of abc123 is to reach as many kids as possible. We are willing to explore all opportunities so every child will have the opportunity to experience our programs.


abc123 Partners

United States Tennis Association (USTA)

United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)

St. Paul Urban Tennis – St. Paul, MN

Richfield Public Schools – Richfield, MN

Richfield Community Education – Richfield, MN

Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association

Tuckaway Country Club – Milwaukee, WI

Bearpath Country Club – Eden Prairie, MN

Minneapolis Public Schools – Minneapolis, MN

Northfield Public Schools – Northfield, MN

YMCA – Kalamazoo, MI

Gainesville Area Community Tennis – Gainesville, FL

McLean Swim & Tennis Association – McLean, VA

Meet the Founder

abc123 founder Patricia (Pat) Theriault (USPTA & PTR Professional) has over 3081032773-C35 years of experience in athletics, tennis, coaching, teaching, management and administration.

Pat was Deputy Director of the St. Paul Urban Tennis Program in St. Paul, Minnesota and was responsible for all aspects of program development. This included:

  • instructor training and evaluation
  • school and outreach programs
  • tennis instruction
  • creation and implementation of the tennis and reading program

Pat was also the St. Paul Academy (St. Paul, MN) Varsity Girls High School Tennis Coach, the Eden Prairie High School (Eden Prairie, MN) JV Girls Tennis Coach, has worked and volunteered as a tennis instructor for many years and was a featured presenter at the 2013 Minnesota Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) and Minnesota Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MNAHPERD) Conferences.

Pat is currently the Girls Varsity Tennis Coach at Richfield High School in addition to her work with abc123.

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“I have used the ABC letter balls to help with letter identification, letter sounds and spelling first names in my Physical Education classes.  They are light weight and perfect for 3-6 years old to throw around the gym.  I would highly recommend purchasing them for your PE curriculum to help reinforce reading in the gym setting.”

Roxie Williams/Physical Education Teacher
Hmong International Academy
Minneapolis Public Schools

“The abc123 balls are a great added addition to any Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) program for students of varying abilities. They enhance active learning with added academic emphasis to include Math and reading skills. The abc123 balls can be used in so many ways to engage kids in fun and simple learning while they move and improve eye-hand coordination. I recommend the abc123 balls for physical education programs, special education programs and for students that want to learn in an active way! They are great!”

Bonnie Moren
Adapted Physical Education teacher

“I am using the abc123 Tennis format for our young tennis players. The system really works and keeps the kids interested throughout their group lessons. The kids continue to learn and improve their math, spelling, and reading skills by way of using the abc123 Tennis. Learning while playing tennis! What a wonderful concept!”

Raman Jayapathy

“abc123 is an amazing program! It should be used by any organization working with children and the development of their academic and athletic skills. The program is built with fantastic progressions that allow an instructor to work with very diverse groups of kids exhibiting wide ranges of academic and athletic skill levels. The cooperative design of the drills, games and lessons encourages and helps build very valuable leadership skills that are rarely addressed in other programs. Kids of all academic and athletic abilities are easily engaged. The kids are challenged with physical activity and at the same time practice their literacy and math skills. This is simply a BRILLIANT program!”

Marc Miller
Former Executive Director, Saint Paul Urban Tennis
Former Director of Player Development – USTA Northern

“The Players love it!, the Parents love it! And the Insructors love it!”

“ABC 123 is a fun program that combines academic and athletic skills taught to 10 and under players of all abilities enjoy. The skills games and progressions make it easy for the instructors to plan and improvise their lessons if needed. The parents are all for it - academic skills combined with tennis skills, what a plus!”

Peggy Niccolai
Tennis Director Tuckaway Country Club

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