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Brand new Clewiston CTA in full swing

June 27, 2006 08:12 AM

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The city of Clewiston has developed a new community tennis association (CTA) for Hendry County tennis lovers!  An in-service was held to inform teachers and tennis enthusiasts of the best ways to teach tennis, and a Clewiston CTA summer program Tuesdays Tennis for Kids is now in full swing!

USTA Florida community coordinator Susie Bessire has enjoyed working with Tim Allen to get a CTA up and running in Hendry County.  She helped put together and lead the in-service with USTA national trainer Susan Allshouse, and she was encouraged by the great turnout.

"It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of all involved with the new Clewiston Community Tennis Association,” Bessire said.  “The new Hendry County schools and parks programs will be greatly beneficial to local children and adults!”

Bessire also said Tim has done an outstanding job bringing people out and getting them excited about tennis.

“I am so pleased to have him in the USTA Florida family of volunteers!" she said.

The kickoff session of the Tuesdays Tennis for Kids program was held June 6 and will continue every Tuesday through July.  The Clewiston City Tennis Courts will be the host site to expose local kids to tennis as a lifetime sport.

USTA Florida provided start-up and equipment grants to the Clewiston CTA for the program.  Forty-six children aged 6 to 14 are signed up; and most of these kids have never touched a tennis racquet before! 

Nine adult volunteer coaches have committed to helping with the weekly program; and Valentin Leyva, Kathy Crawford and the City of Clewiston Recreation Director Angie Kelly are also helping put the program together.

“This is the first-ever organized tennis event in Clewiston,” Allen said.  “We are really excited about the new Clewiston CTA, and we look forward to putting together more programs for local residents.”






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