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Second annual Multicultural Training Camp in Daytona Beach

July 6, 2006 10:06 AM

 photos by Nyla

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For the second year, the USTA Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp was held June 16-18 at the Holiday Inn Express-Indigo Lakes Resort in Daytona Beach.

Twenty players and their parents, along with 12 coaches from various backgrounds participated in the camp that emphasized match play, life skills and parent education in a supportive, competitive environment.  Camp objectives include:

  • Provide the tools to help each participant reach their potential on and off the court
  • Provide information on opportunities to get to the next level
  • Provide a guide to making competitive tennis rewarding

The Multicultural Invitation Training Camp is designed to provide training and development opportunities and ensure that no player is left behind due to cultural dissimilarities.

The program is for both players and parents, and topics include: mental toughness, conditioning, racquet selection, preparation and maintenance, win-4-life skills, college tennis, grants and networking.

Parents left with positive ideas and effective techniques to take home.

“This weekend was very informative, and I will be able to go over things we learned with my child,” said one parent.  “It was well planned and well-run.  The coaches had a wealth of information, both on skills and the spirit and attitudes of playing the game of tennis!”

“Personally, my favorite topics were mental toughness and college tennis,” another parent said.  “The mental toughness class will help develop my daughter’s character on and off the court, and the college tennis will help us better prepare for college selection.  Thank you!”

It was unanimous among players and parents, USTA Florida Diversity Staff Liason Shelly Licorish said:  The tennis camp was a huge success!

“The camp is not just about hitting tennis balls,” Licorish said.  “It is about helping each child reach his/her potential both on and off the court and providing them and their parents the tools to help along the way.”



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