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After-school programs taking off in north region 8

February 28, 2006 02:07 PM

Boca Elementary
Boca Raton


Boca Elementary School physical education teacher Juanita Tiona and volunteer clinician Ray Smith lead an after-school tennis club at the school every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30. 

On Feb. 22, Juanita and Ray introduced USTA Ralleyball to 22 students at the after-school tennis program at the elementary school.  The children were taught how to keep score and play the game of Ralleyball.  Each participant was given a t-shirt to wear for the workshop.

The USTA School Tennis Program offers P.E. teachers and after-school care providers a fun way to introduce tennis to youngsters.  As part of USTA membership, schools receive the opportunity to have a USTA volunteer instruct the teachers and care providers.

Juanita is delighted with the enthusiasm of these little ones who want to learn to play tennis.

“My goal is to teach these beginners to be great Ralleyball players!”



Spada Elementary
Delray Beach


Spada Elementary after-school program director Ken Haines receives help from Marvin Cohen, Marvin’s wife, and senior tennis players from Palm Greens Tennis Club, and also Pompay Park recreation supervisor Kacy Young as he directs his after-school program for 25 Spada Elementary School students.

Every Friday afternoon from 3-4 p.m., students are taken to the Pompay Park tennis courts in Delray Beach for an afternoon of tennis fun!  USTA Florida provides t-shirts and give-aways for distribution.

USTA Florida Community Coordinator Cheryl Rivera learned of this group of snowbirds who volunteer their time to teach tennis to an after-school group of students.

“What a great thing to do!” Cheryl said.  “It’s so nice to see people taking the lead, giving their free time back to children and the game they love!”

Cheryl informed the Ken and Marvin of the wonderful member benefits USTA offers for after-school tennis programs.  They were immediately on board with the USTA!

Marvin’s daughter, a teaching professional in Connecticut, is also an active USTA volunteer.

“We just want to give back to the community,” Marvin said.  “We live here six months out of the year, so hopefully other communities like ours will see how great it is to volunteer and take over for us!”


Arthur Ashe Middle School
Ft. Lauderdale


Thirty youth and 10 adults came out to the Harris Chapel Life Enrichment Center (LEC) in Ft. Lauderdale for the first annual FREE Arthur Ashe Clinic on Feb. 25.

Youth participated in drills and games, and the Hit for Prizes game was (as usual) a big hit!  The adults got their hearts pumping as well when they hit the courts for a Cardio Tennis class.

Youth included students from Arthur Ashe Middle School and the Harris Chapel LEC; adults came from the Harris Chapel Methodist Church.

Middle school students, who were all participants in a summer tennis camp, performed a heart-moving dedication in honor of Arthur Ashe.  These students included Tinisha Roberson, Brian Mesidor, Marshana Beard, Muriel, Daniel Ford, Reneldia Curry, Antwan Samuel, and Alexis Charley.

The event was sponsored by USTA Florida in celebration of Black History Month.  USTA Florida Community Coordinator Cheryl Rivera was delighted to organize and help with the event.

“To honor black history with a tennis event, and watching Arthur Ashe Middle School students perform a presentation in Mr. Ashe’s memory was the highlight of the event for me,” Rivera said.


For more information about joining these after-school programs, contact Cheryl Rivera: rivera@florida.usta.com; (954) 530-1372.






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