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Senior Hearts Pumpin’ in Region 8

December 22, 2005 08:51 AM
Tennis lovers gathered – aged 60 to 85 years – at the Vincent Torres Park and Recreation Center/ City of Lauderdale Lakes Multipurpose Center for a free Cardio Tennis Community Clinic on the morning of Dec. 15.

Clinician Ray Smith directed the workshop, leading drills and providing informative materials about heart rate monitoring.  USTA Florida Community Coordinator Cheryl Rivera offered gifts with the new USTA Florida name and logo.  All of this was offered to local senior residents at no cost!

USTA Florida hopes to maintain the senior population’s involvement with the Cardio Tennis Program, keeping them young, active and energetic.  After this program, nine seniors have committed to doing Cardio Tennis one day a week!

“The last time I had a racquet in my hand was 1985!” participant Qwen Harding said.  “I loved dancing around with Coach Ray today.  It brought back some good memories.”

City of Lauderdale Lakes recreation program coordinator and Althea Harvey activities coordinator Warren Shaw first discussed the possibility with Rivera, and the interest within the senior community was exceptional.

“The seniors love the idea,” Rivera said.  “It is a great fit!”






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