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Governor Crist Proclaims May as School Tennis Month

May 7, 2007 03:09 PM

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USTA Florida is thrilled to announce that Governor Charlie Crist signed a proclamation at the Tallahassee Capital on May 1 declaring May 2007 as Tennis in Florida Schools Month.  Through this proclamation, Governor Crist stresses that children need opportunities to be fully engaged in physical activity both during school and after school.  Tennis is the perfect sport to promote a healthy lifestyle and battle the increasing obesity and diabetes epidemic in school age children.

Tennis is more than just a sport.  It is a lifestyle. Through the declaration of Governor Crist, USTA Florida stands ready to integrate tennis programs into schools within all 67 counties of the state.  Currently, tennis is in over 50 counties and thousands of schools in Florida.

“We’re making the delivery of tennis easy for after school providers and PE teachers in Florida,” says USTA Florida Schools Coordinator John MacDonald.   “The program is designed to improve kids’ initial tennis experience, and schools who partner with the USTA receive an unbelievable amount of help from us and our national sponsor, Wilson Sporting Goods.”

The sport helps children develop aerobic and anaerobic fitness, body coordination, flexibility, mental acuity, discipline, sportsmanship and social skills.  It is imperative that this type of lifestyle is encouraged not only to children, but to all citizens. 
 
As Governor Crist says in his proclamation, “USTA [Florida] provides training, staff support, equipment, staffing grants, and curricula for school districts”.   Our goal is to contribute the necessary resources to ensure a commitment on behalf of the in school and/or after school programs and encourage them to embrace USTA School Tennis.

“We appreciate Governor Crist’s proclamation to support our USTA Schools Tennis Initiative,” says Doug Booth, USTA Florida Executive Director.  “We want children to be exposed to the lifetime sport of tennis in schools because tennis provides children with a healthy and fun activity throughout their lives.”

In fact, we hope all Floridians work together to raise awareness of tennis and join in the celebration during May as Tennis in Florida Schools Month!

Go to the Official USTA Florida Schools Web Site

 

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