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200 Kids Play 10 and Under Tennis at Aventura Founders Day Celebration in Miami

November 10, 2011 01:17 PM
USTA 10 and Under Tennis and adult play was a part of the 16th annual City of Aventura Founders Day Weekend, celebrating 16 years in the North Miami area on Nov. 4-6, 2011, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at Founders Park. Children also took advantage of the free current USTA membership offer for kids 10 and under who are new to USTA tennis.

"We had 90 kids sign-up for the free USTA membership and over 200 kids on the 36-foot and 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts we had set up," said USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund.

Three tennis courts in the park featured 10 and Under Tennis and adult play, with info available on 10 and Under Tennis and adult leagues in the area. Assisting with the court activities were the Barry University women's and men's tennis teams, with local adult league coordinator Cory Browarnik and USTA Florida intern Chrissie Seredni on hand to answer questions.

USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action or for more information, go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

Highlights of the weekend also included former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer performing at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and the Bee Gees tribute band Stayin' Alive performing. On Sunday Founders Park was transformed into "Aventura's Backyard" featuring local cuisine, arts and crafts for all ages, airbrush tattoos, face painting, rock climbing walls, Toddler Town play area, puppet shows, interactive video games, Aventura History slideshow, and two big-screen HD TVs to watch Sunday afternoon football.

For more photos from the event go to www.ustamiami.com.





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