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Lee County Hosts Energetic Workshop in Fort Myers

October 11, 2005 01:18 PM

Photos by Susie Bessire

USA Tennis Florida held an “in-house” Recreational Coaches Workshop for 22 Lee County Parks and Recreation employees and one teaching professional at the Schandler Hall Community Center in Fort Myers on Oct. 5.  USTA National Trainer Susan Allshouse conducted the workshop, USA Tennis Florida Community Coordinator Susie Bessire organized the event, and the Lee County Community Tennis Association hosted it.

Deputy Director of Lee County Parks and Recreation Department Barbara Manzo has a goal of training as many staff as possible to teach tennis in their after school programs.  In an effort to succeed in this mission, Manzo and the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department agreed to pay the $25 registration fee for any staff member who wished to attend the workshop.

With the threat of an all-day rain looming large, Schandler Hall was the perfect site to host the workshop.  Two new tennis courts sit adjacent to a beautiful covered, lit basketball pavilion.  When the rain came, the Wilson mini-nets were used and fun games were played under the cover of  the basketball courts.  The tennis courts were the hot spot during sunny periods.

Participants enjoyed an indoor BBQ lunch and everyone left with a USA Tennis Florida raffle prize as well as printed materials and publications that will be useful for coaching and instructing children in thier programs.

Trainer Susan Allshouse was thankful for the input she got from the 22 participants to help make this a fun and successful learning experience.  She thanks them for attending:

“This was an awesome experience for all of us,” Allshouse said.  “We truly appreciate your enthusiasm in working with the children of Lee County and to help us in our efforts to grow the lifetime sport of tennis!”

USA Tennis Florida Region 7 Community Coordinator Susie Bessire worked with Lee County Senior Supervisor of Athletics and Education Dave Harner and Lee County Parks and Recreation Department Manager Deb Derums found a way to make this "In House" Recreational Coach Workshop fit the very busy schedule of all the participants.

Bessire praises Manzo and her enthusiastic parks staff for the persistent pursuit of educational opportunities.

“Susan showed them how to have a really great time playing while learning,” Bessire said.  “This is just the experience we want for the children they will be teaching.  It was an awesome workshop because of all the enthusiam the participants brought with them.”

Lee County Parks and Recreation Department’s Christine Schirmer said the class was a blast:   “It was the most fun I have EVER had at a workshop.  Thanks!”






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