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Halpern Hired as USTA Florida Schools Tennis Coordinator

July 31, 2009 07:00 AM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 1, 2009) -- USTA Florida has announced the hiring of Rebecca Halpern as USTA Florida Schools Tennis Coordinator.

Halpern's main duties will entail promoting and cultivating tennis at all school and after-school levels in public, private and home-school sectors; networking with after-school agencies for involvement in USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT), QuickStart Tennis and Middle and High School JTT leagues; building relationships with school district Physical Education curriculum specialists; and providing grant and training opportunities for teachers, coaches and other program staff.

Rebecca Halpern relocated to Florida three years ago from Birmingham, Ala., earlier working in Philadelphia where she served as sales director for a medical publisher, and was a member of the tennis committee and board of the storied Germantown Cricket Club. She previously worked in Singapore, and for education publishers in Canada and New York City.

"I have always thought of Florida as the place for tennis, and was very happy when my husband's job brought us here three years ago," said Halpern, who met her husband through a tennis league in New York City. "I am thrilled to be working with schools to get as many kids as possible learning to play tennis, building confidence and having fun."

She also has a 4-year-old daughter she looks forward to introducing to QuickStart tennis.

Halpern will report directly to USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland.

"I am very excited to have Rebecca as our new Schools Coordinator for our association," McFarland said. "She is going to complete our Play Tennis Division team and help us reach out to customers that we haven't tapped into yet, including the home school and the private school sectors. I look forward to seeing what Rebecca will bring to our association in the years to come as we continue to build our pathway of youth tennis in Florida."

For more information on USTA Florida Schools Tennis programs, visit www.USTAFlorida.com and click "School Tennis" on the left-hand menu, or e-mail Rebecca Halpern at Halpern@florida.usta.com.





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