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Tennis for all at the Sheriff Jim Coats Clearwater Women’s Open

March 24, 2006 10:05 AM

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Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats, the City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast partnered to present the Clearwater Women’s Open at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater Feb. 27-March 5. This second annual USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 tournament, featuring players from across the globe, benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast.

USTA Florida was instrumental in assisting with the tournament’s community involvement events. There was a USTA membership appreciation booth onsite, and ticket giveaways were held throughout the week for the upcoming Nasdaq 100-Open in Key Biscayne and the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island in April.

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On Saturday, Feb. 25 a Welcome to Tennis Family Day presented by AFLAC featured The Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move (TOTM), presented by the Andy Roddick Foundation - USTA Florida’s traveling carnival with games and prizes for children & adults of all ages. The day’s events also included a Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition, Cardio Tennis, and Rapid Rally.

The Suncoast Tennis Foundation (STF), Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department and the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex provided volunteers and participants for the Welcome to Tennis Family Day.

In addition to USTA Florida’s TOTM Representatives Mike and Petra Eady, volunteers such as USTA Florida Region 3 Director and STF President Nancy Morgan, USTA Florida Pinellas County Representative Carol Levin, and STF Executive Director Judy Foster, helped make this Saturday afternoon event enjoyable for everyone.

A special recognition goes to Tournament Chairperson Doreen Sleeme and all the committee volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and the Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department.

The Eadys agree: “The Welcome to Tennis Family Day was a great example of how parks and recreation departments, tennis centers, local CTAs and USTA Florida can work together to promote tennis in Florida!”

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