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Amelia Island, Fla., QuickStart Tennis Jamboree on June 5

May 25, 2010 07:00 PM
Kraft Tennis Partners at Kraft Athletic Club in Amelia Island and USTA Florida will partner to hold a QuickStart Tennis Jamboree on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 10 a.m. to noon, for parents and children age 5-10 years old. The Kraft Tennis Center is located at Kraft 10 Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, along the Amelia River.

The Kraft Athletic Club, the site of the tennis center, was established in 1954 as a recreational and social club by employees of Smurfit Stone. The QuickStart Tennis Jamboree, and the QuickStart Tennis program that will begin this summer at the Kraft Tennis Center, will be run solely by volunteers seeking a way to give back to the community and make use of the court time during the afternoons when the courts see minimal use by members.

The program at the Kraft Tennis Center will be the first-ever QuickStart Tennis league conducted on Amelia Island.

"Kraft Tennis Partners is thrilled to be able to give back to the community by giving a child the opportunity to learn the "FUN-damentals" of tennis," says Kraft Tennis Partners' Susie DeMille. "Our Quickstart Tennis program is unique in that it will be introduced to kids strictly from volunteers from our club who have a passion for tennis."

In addition to the jamboree, the Kraft Tennis Center will also host a QuickStart Tennis Camp on June 15-Aug. 12, 2010, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. The cost for camp for the entire summer with be $25 per child, including beverages, snacks, and equipment.

The QuickStart Tennis format is a new way for kids 10-and-under to learn and play the game. The smaller court sizes, the racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, the scoring system, even the net height has been adjusted to ease kids into the sport.

The jamboree, which is free and open to the public, will feature various stations where kids ages 5-10 can get a first look at QuickStart Tennis and also receive information on the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis League. The QuickStart format stresses the importance of play and team competition, and since most kids love team sports, this new format is now part of the USTA Jr. Team Tennis League. Kids will now have the opportunity to play with their friends or parents with foam or decompressed balls while developing their skills.

Organizers ask that parents have their kids wear proper tennis footwear. For more info or to RSVP, contact Susie DeMille at susiedemille@aol.com or (954) 816-4595 with name and age of child.

 

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