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Tennis for Kids at University of Tampa on Feb. 23

February 15, 2010 06:00 PM
If you want to introduce your child or a large group of kids to tennis, The University of Tampa (UT) presents a terrific opportunity on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Working with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), UT will be the only site in West Central Florida to host "USTA Campus Kids Day." Tennis games and contests, plus music and free snacks, drinks, and prizes will be on tap, says UT Women's Tennis Team Head Coach Al DuFaux.

"Kids will also be able to enjoy a women's college tennis match as the University of Tampa hosts Eckerd College," DuFaux said. "Campus Kids Day activities start at 2 p.m. and the UT/Eckerd match begins at 3 p.m. It should be a great day for everyone."

The six-court UT tennis complex is just west of downtown Tampa. The courts are located three blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard, on the west side of North Boulevard. All activities are free, including parking in a UT garage, which is adjacent to and just north of the tennis courts off of North Boulevard.

The USTA supports Campus Kids Days as a way to promote tennis, "the sport of a lifetime," to junior players and young tennis newcomers, as well as to parents, teachers, and coaches. Locally, the event is supported by the nonprofit Hillsborough County Tennis Association.

More than 30 million people played tennis in the United States in 2009, and tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport in America, independent research shows. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, while most sports are losing participants, tennis participation increased by 43 percent since 2000 and continues to grow at more than 9 percent per year.

Tennis is growing fastest among junior players, defined as age 18 or younger. Parents appreciate tennis because, although it requires great physical effort, tennis is one of the safest sports, with low injury rates. Tennis is also a game in which tactics and strategy play key roles. And tennis, which can be played at almost any age, is a fine way to meet new friends.

For more information about The University of Tampa and the Feb. 23, 2010, USTA Campus Kids Day, contact Coach Al DuFaux at (813) 257-3076 (office), (813) 323-1084 (cell), or adufaux@ut.edu. For information on USTA Campus Kids Day, visit http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/PlayerDevelop​ment/CollegeTennis/Information/Campus_Kids_Days.aspx. To learn more about the Hillsborough County Tennis Association, go to www.tampatennis.org.





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