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USTA Florida President's Message -- August 2009

July 22, 2009 07:00 AM
Summer Tennis in Florida

By Donn Davis, USTA Florida President

Well the summer is here in Florida! The humidity has been building for a few weeks now and we are back into the pattern of afternoon thunderstorms that play havoc with league and tournament tennis.

I was reminded on June 1st that it is the beginning of another hurricane season so I hope that you all are making the appropriate preparations to be safe and secure this year.

This summer and fall, our Executive Director Doug Booth is holding a series of six Community Meetings around our section, the Florida Section being one of the 17 sections of the USTA, bringing the good news of the state of tennis in the United States with him, but also seeking input from community tennis leaders about how we can improve the delivery of our programs to our membership. He has already held meetings in Jacksonville, Palm Beach Gardens, Orlando, and Tallahassee with plans for fall meetings in Miami and Ft. Myers.

Doug has been spreading the word that our association is working behind the scenes to be sure there are adequate facilities around the state to sustain the tremendous growth of tennis in the past decade. It has been documented that about 70% of the tennis played in the United States is played in public facilities (schools, park and recreation facilities, etc.) and therefore USTA Florida has recognized the tremendous importance of advocacy for tennis when new schools and parks are in the planning stages.

USTA Florida has also created the USTA Florida Section Foundation which will be directing funds derived from the sale of the new Florida "Play Tennis" license plate to help build or repair courts all over the state, both public and private, through a grant process which we hope will further sustain this growth pattern. To read more about the Foundation and the license plate program, go to www.USTAFlorida.com -> About Us -> Foundation.

Look for a report in my next column on our joint meeting with the United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Division. These are the pros that teach tennis all over the state. The USTA Florida Section not only appreciates what they do for tennis in the state of Florida now; we want to work more closely with them to do a better job of promoting tennis as a lifetime sport!

Donn Davis
 

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