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Daytona Beach Hosts Inaugural Multicultural Invitation Training Camp

June 24, 2005 12:49 PM

photos by Shelly Licorish Bynum

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The first annual USA Tennis Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp was held June 17-19 in Daytona Beach at the Holiday Inn Express-Indigo Lakes Resort.

USA Tennis Florida brought together 18 players and their parents along with seven coaches from many diverse backgrounds to participate in a camp that emphasized match play, life skills and parent education in a supportive, competitive environment.

The Multicultural Invitation Training Camp is an educational program for both players and parents.  The camp is designed to provide training and development opportunities, ensuring that no player is left behind due to cultural dissimilarities.  Topics included: mental toughness, conditioning, racquet selection, preparation and maintenance, win-4-life skills, college tennis, grants and networking.

“Thank you for this opportunity to be in the first USTA Multicultural group.  I had so much fun, while still playing tennis,” Rachael James Baker said.  “Oh, and thank you for all those presentation talks like mental toughness.  I think that really broadened my mind about tennis.  And last, I thank you for making this happen, and I know I’m speaking for the whole camp when I say that.  Thank you!!  From the girl that kept raising her hand.”

It was unanimous among players and parents: the tennis camp was a huge success!

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