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Timberlin Creek Elementary Hosts USTA Florida Workshop

February 27, 2006 09:31 AM

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St. Augustine
—Timberlin Creek Elementary along with physical education teacher Cindy Anderson hosted a teacher workshop Feb. 17, teaching many local St. John’s County PE teachers ways to incorporate tennis into their curriculum.  Techniques were presented even for those without tennis courts, in both PE classes and recess-type situations.  The workshop was facilitated by local USTA community consultant Dede Allen.

Per Dede Allen, since 1985, USTA School Tennis has brought the joy of tennis to millions of children in more than 22,000 schools nationwide.  Sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the USTA Florida Schools program reaches out to elementary, middle and high schools by providing them with the tools and assistance needed to interest students in the game of tennis.  The program has tailored its curriculum to meet the Sunshine State Standards to combine reading, writing, math and tennis.

Joining the USTA is a wonderful opportunity for schools to expose more kids to the wonderful sport of tennis at their very own school.  USTA Florida is working hard to build up community tennis throughout the state.  Recreational coaches workshops are hosted throughout the state during the year. 

USTA Florida hopes to not only have in-school programming in St. John’s County, but also develop enough interest to start Rallyball and Team Tennis programs in an after-school setting.  For schools to become part of the program, they are asked to pay a $25 fee per school and will then be eligible to receive free age-appropriate tennis rackets and balls.  Schools will be able to purchase additional equipment at reduced rates including portable short court nets.

For additional information about workshops, visit the USTA Florida Schools Web site: www.ustafloridaschools.com.  You may also contact Dede Allen directly at dede@ddasports.com for more information.  Dede said the focus of these workshops is “play-based” teaching for grades K-8 and encouraging students to have fun.

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