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Plenty of Tennis in North Region 6

February 15, 2006 11:25 AM

An abundance of tennis activity has been going on in USTA Florida’s north region 6.  Below are a few recent tennis highlights and photos

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Herb Artis provides tennis to home school group

East Coast Tennis Foundation professional Herb Artis of Palm Beach Gardens has provided a tennis unit for his home school group of youngsters, (pictured above).  Herb met with the parents of these children to discuss the USTA Junior Team Tennis program.

“All of the kids pleaded with me to continue the program because they were having so much fun and enjoyed it so much. I think the mothers put them up to it,” Herb said.  “Being the softie that I am, I agreed to continue. How could I say no to these little cuties?”

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Welcome Back to Tennis event and Follow-up event

At the end of last month, the Tivoli Reserve community in Boynton Beach hosted a Welcome Back to Tennis Kick Off event in conjunction with USTA Florida region 6 and community coordinator Janet Sprague.  USTA national trainer Susan Allshouse (USPTA, USPTR and Cardio Tennis certified tennis professional,) led a fun-filled day of tennis.

The Tivoli Reserve, a relatively new community with more than 250 homes, wants to increase awareness of their impressive four clay court facility.  Allshouse said she was thankful for the help she received from local volunteers.

“A wonderful group of volunteers were there to assist me in what would turn out to be a great day of fun and tennis activities,” Allshouse said. 

Tivoli Reserve Community tennis professional Tommy Reeves was delighted with the number of people who signed up for on-going tennis programs as well as a Valentine’s Day event and an upcoming carnival for players and their grandchildren.

Allshouse said the community hopes to extend an invitation to some of the brand new adjacent communities to participate in their programs as well as to join their members out on the courts!

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Allshouse led the Welcome Back to Tennis follow-up event on Singer Island in Riviera Beach for a great group of tennis enthusiasts.

“Most of them had taken lessons for many years but had never learned things like the mechanics of a serve,” Allshouse said.  “They were amazed at what they could do in such a short time and despite heavy wind conditions!”

Allshouse said the participants had a great time and are looking forward to future programs.  For more information about these local region 6 programs, contact USTA Florida community coordinator Janet Sprague, (772) 871-1670; Sprague@florida.usta.com.

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Children’s Tennis Carnival

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For three years now, USTA Florida has sponsored a Grandchildren’s Day event at the 55 community Valencia Shores in Boynton Beach.  The 2005 event, held the last week in December, brought more than 50 grandchildren to the facility to enjoy tennis activities such as relay races, bowling tennis balls and hitting over a junior-sized net.

Community professional Geoff Moore hit with the children, and he gave the older kids some pointers.  Drinks and snacks were served, and prizes were supplied by USTA Florida and community coordinator Janet Sprague.  Residents got a kick out of watching their grandchildren run around the court, laughing and having a great time.

 


 

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