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Beaming Young Faces in Lee County

December 23, 2005 09:55 AM

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Lee County’s USTA Florida Ralleyball program ended its season with a lively party and round robin for more than 150 participants at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers on Saturday Dec. 17.
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USTA Florida Community Coordinator Susie Bessire, along with instructors, parents and junior volunteers, helped keep scores, feed balls and serve pizza and soda.  Florida Gulf Coast University Assistant Athletic Director and Varsity Tennis Coach J. Webb Horton spoke briefly about the opportunities tennis has brought to his life.  He encouraged attendees to stick with it!

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Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA) Program and Ralleyball Director Mike Welter organized the season-ending party and round robin.

“I could not be more pleased with the way this season has turned out, and the party was awesome!” Welter said.  “Children’s beaming faces are what this is all about.  The instructors have been great and the parents have been quick to let me know how much they love this program and what it has done for the confidence of their children.”

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Children were divided into two age groups and they played three rounds each; they played three set Ralleyball matches.  After games ended, pizza and soda was served, and children and parents played on the “hit for prizes” court, where they won USTA Florida-provided prizes.

Wilson Sporting Goods and USTA Florida are very encouraged by the success of the Lee County Ralleyball program.  Wilson Rep Bob Pfaender and USTA Florida Assistant Executive Director, Community Tennis Andy McFarland supplied new Wilson racquets for each child who registered for the season and became a USTA junior member.  Lee County now has 370 junior USTA members, and each has a Wilson racquet to use on the court!

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Susie Bessire said Lee County children proudly show off their Wilson racquets.

“Thanks to Mike Welter, the Lee County CTA and Lee County Parks and Recreation Department, hundreds of children have had the opportunity to play the great sport of tennis in a fun, competitive format,” Bessire said.  “Hopefully many of these children will continue to play and enjoy tennis for the rest of their lives.”

For more information about the Lee County Ralleyball program contact Lee County Community Tennis Association Program Director Mike Welter: 239/565-5300.

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