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Three Florida Student Athletes Chosen for USTA Leadership Camp

July 17, 2009 07:00 AM
Three Florida student athletes will be included in the 40 that will participate July 21-27, 2009, in the 25th annual USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp in Denver. The camp is exclusively for youth ages 12-14 who participate in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs nationwide.

Two players from Jacksonville, 12-year-olds Adrienne Clark Female and Trenden Davis, and 14-year-old Katherine Bewley of Royal Palm Beach were selected through a rigorous application process that considered tennis aptitude, sportsmanship, leadership skills and financial need. Clark and Davis play out of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation in Jacksonville, and Bewley out of the East Coast Tennis Foundation in West Palm Beach.

The all-expense paid week-long camp provides the attendees with valuable tennis instruction plus a rewarding educational and motivational experience. In addition to 2-3 hours of daily tennis training with experienced tennis teachers, participants will volunteer to sort and pack donated products such as clothing, school and medical supplies for shipment to World Vision programs, which reach more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries.

Speakers scheduled for the camp include USTA Director of Coaching Jose Higueras, a former Top 10 player who has coached tennis' biggest names including Roger Federer and Pete Sampras; Dan Gonzalez, a tennis pro and the son of former tennis great Pancho Gonzalez; and Frank Adams, USTA Intermountain Section President.

The young students will also visit popular Denver destinations including the Red Rock Amphitheatre, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Invesco Field.

"For the past 25 years of our Tennis Leadership Camp, the NJTL national staff has created once-in-a-lifetime experiences for a deserving group of underserved youth," said Barry Ford, director, outreach & advocacy, USTA. "These students, some of whom are getting on an airplane for the very first time, are being afforded the opportunity to see a part of the country that they might otherwise never get to see, and to gain memories and forge relationships with their fellow campers that could last a lifetime. Using tennis as the conduit, we hope this camp will continue to have a profound impact on the growth and development of these and many more students for years to come."

USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman adds, "This community-driven program intends to fulfill Arthur Ashe's dream of instilling the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence in America's youth through the sport of tennis. The camp's emphasis on individual physical and mental development, good nutrition and sportsmanship will help ensure that today's kids will become tomorrow's leaders and, perhaps even tomorrow's champions as well."

The USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp was created in 1984 to provide an educational and motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who might not otherwise have access to such an opportunity. The NJTL, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was established in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, and has grown to more than 550 chapters with over 210,000 participants.

For more information, contact: Rita Garza, senior director, corporate communications, USTA, at (914) 697-2223 or garza@usta.com.





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