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Brevard County youth enjoy pro visits

June 6, 2006 09:34 AM

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During the week of the MIMA Foundation/USTA Tennis Pro Classic at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Brevard County, professional tennis players visited local region 4 schools.  USTA Florida Community Coordinator Trina Singian scheduled the school visits, and she was encouraged by the enthusiasm displayed by the pros.

“We were very fortunate to have these WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] pros share their stories and experience and serve as role models to the children,” Singian said.  “The kids really enjoyed playing with them!”

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WTA pros included upcoming American star, currently ranked #140 and former Orange Bowl Champion Jessica Kirkland; Lilia Osterloh who reached top 50 on the WTA, was NCAA singles and doubles champion for Stanford, and participates on the USTA national team; Veronica Li, 16, an upcoming future star; and Jennifer Magley, former University of Florida Gator tennis player.

Jessica visited Tropical Elementary in Merritt Island; Trina gives a special thanks to the faculty and after-school coordinator Sharon Doran.  Jessica also visited Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne; thank you to Coach Marc Matheny who brought his classes and teams to hit with Jessica.

Lilia and Veronica both visited McNair Magnet School in Rockledge and hit with more than 200 seventh graders in tennis stations.  Thank you, PE teacher Runisia Gibbons.

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One day during the tournament, local high school teams came to the Kiwi Tennis Club on a field trip.  The Eau Gallie High School team and children from Circle Christian School of Orlando had the opportunity to enjoy a day of world-class tennis!  Jennifer spoke to this group about college tennis and what it is like to be a tennis professional.

“We are so thankful for the great involvement of the WTA pros with the local schools,” Singian said.  “Young, impressionable students really benefit from things like this.”

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