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Orlando Area Hosting Free Youth Tennis Events

February 8, 2010 06:00 PM
Six free youth tennis events will be held in the Orlando area during Feb. 26-March 1 as part of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Youth Registration drive. Kids will participate in games, experience QuickStart Tennis, and sign up for upcoming USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis leagues in 2010.

The events are free and open to the public. The QuickStart Tennis play format is tennis scaled to the size of the child, utilizing age-appropriate equipment, including smaller racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller courts. To see QuickStart Tennis in action go to http://consumers.quickstarttennis.com/

Four facilities will hold events on Saturday, Feb. 27: Sylvan Lake Park at 10 a.m., Red Bug Park at noon, Sanlando Park at noon, and Ft. Gatlin Tennis Center at 10 a.m.

The Lake Cane Tennis Center will hold two events, on March 3 at 6 p.m., and March 6 at 10 a.m.

The USTA Youth Registration events on March 1 feature Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown in Madison Square Garden, shown live on ESPN2, when tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, and Svetlana Kuznetsova compete for the Billie Jean King Cup. Participants who sign-up at a Youth Registration event will also have the opportunity to enter an exclusive sweepstakes to win tickets to the 2010 US Open via tennisnight.com.

USTA Florida will be donating a portion of the proceeds from USTA Jr. Team Tennis league fee registrations from the USTA Youth Registration events to the Red Cross for its relief efforts in Haiti. For every player registered during the events, $5 dollars will be contributed to the American Red Cross.

"It's become clear that the earthquake disaster in Haiti has, in some way, had an impact on many of us in Florida, if not directly then certainly emotionally," said USTA Florida President Donn Davis. "By donating part of the proceeds from our USTA Jr. Team Tennis League fee registration to the Red Cross, USTA Florida members will participate in the relief effort and maybe equally as important, deliver an important message to our kids about helping others in need."

USTA Youth Registration/Tennis Night in America is a grass-roots initiative from the USTA to grow tennis at the community level by promoting the fun and health benefits of tennis to youth.
For further information on these events contact USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Shelly Licorice at (407) 403-5686 or licorish@florida.usta.com.





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