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A sunny Saturday of tennis for nearly 4,000 in South-Dade

March 13, 2006 10:45 AM

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USTA Florida teamed with South Dade-YMCA to promote the fun game of tennis at the Fourth Annual Village of Palmetto Bay Celebration at Coral Reef Park on Saturday, March 4.

Nearly 4,000 fun-seekers filled Coral Reef Park on Saturday where they were treated to tennis games, a bounce house, oversized slide, pony rides and face painting for kids, as well as food and performances by local dancing and singing groups.

USTA Florida Community Coordinator Cathy Nordlund provided interactive tennis games, and she introduced the many USTA programs offered by the South Dade-YMCA.

“It was great hearing the parents say that they never knew how much their kids loved tennis,” Nordlund said.  “The children did not want to leave!”

Vice Mayor Linda Robinson and a committee of about seven people put the $14,000 event together. Hundreds of residents volunteered.

Picnickers also got one-on-one time with members of the Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade police departments, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The Antivenom Unit had a display of poisonous snakes and a python that people could touch, and there was a helicopter and police car that kids could sit in. The children were even permitted to turn on the car sirens!



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