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USA Tennis Florida Proudly Introduces the Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move presented by the Andy Roddick Foundation

November 18, 2004 10:36 AM

In honor of Bobby Curtis’ dedication to Junior Tennis in Florida, USA Tennis Florida is proud to announce that the Andy Roddick Foundation will be the presenting sponsor for USA Tennis Florida’s traveling tennis carnival.  The Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move presented by the Andy Roddick Foundation will be unveiled at the 4th Annual Fundraiser for the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Tennis Superstar, Andy Roddick, currently ranked #2 in the world and the 2003 US Open Champion, will host The Fourth Annual Andy Roddick Charity Weekend on December 11-12 at The Polo Club in Boca Raton.  This year's festivities include a semi-formal dinner/dance on Saturday evening, December 11th and a Kids Day and tennis exhibition on December 12th.

On Sunday, December 12th, the festivities kick-off with Andy Roddick's signature free Kid's Zone where USA Tennis Florida will proudly introduce their traveling tennis carnival, the Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move presented by the Andy Roddick Tennis Foundation.  In addition to the tennis games, the Andy Roddick Kid's Zone has expanded with music, raffles, sumo wrestling, rock climbing, a bounce house and other popular activities for children.

Seating for all events is "sold out" for 2004.  In just its fourth year, more than $800,000 has been raised to date. As a 100% volunteer organization, the Andy Roddick Foundation is extremely proud of its unique ability to give back to the local community. According to Executive Chairman, Blanche Roddick, all proceeds will continue to benefit local children's charities including the Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund.  The Foundation chose to support tennis in the section where Andy’s tennis grew up because of Andy’s special relationship with Bobby Curtis.

Bobby Curtis and Junior Tennis in USA Tennis Florida go together.  You can’t have one without the other.  Born in Cleveland, Bobby grew up in Loraine, Ohio. He graduated the University of Miami as a history major and played on a couple of fast pitch softball national championship teams with the Clearwater Bombers in 1960 & 1961. Then he found tennis.

Bobby's involvement in tennis goes back to his days when he started organizing programs and teaching tennis in 1970 at Moore Park Tennis Center in Miami.  From that point on, Bobby became a tremendous role model for the children in the inner-city program.  He also played an instrumental part in the development of The Greater Miami Tennis Patrons and still serves as an officer today.

During this time, Bobby was an officer of the Youth Tennis Foundation, giving him recognition with USA Tennis Florida and the USTA. In 1977, he won the prestigious USTA Community Service Award for his many accomplishments, one of which was his initiation of the first youth team tennis state championships in Florida.

Bobby began his volunteer role with the Florida Tennis Association (now known as USA Tennis Florida) as a Junior Tournament Committee member for District 8 in 1978.  He became the State Coordinator for The Youth Tennis Foundation, which led to one of his numerous accolades, being honored with the Section’s prestigious Merit Award.

Volunteering for Bobby developed into a full time job and in 1981 he began working out of his home as the first junior staff member for the FTA.  Sanctioning for all FTA tournaments, national endorsing for junior players, running all state championships and designated events, were some of the tasks he performed, and he grew to be known as the ambassador of junior tennis in Florida.

Bobby has received many accolades including, the USPTA - Florida Division Award, for Service to Tennis in 1989, and the Individual Achievement Award from the 1994 Hall of Champions of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.  He was inducted into the USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame in 1994.





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