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School tennis in Miami expands to public parks

September 11, 2006 03:48 PM

Through a USTA Florida grant, the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation (GMTF) is providing an opportunity for students within Miami-Dade County to play tennis in school and after school this year!

In areas where children would not normally have access to courts and equipment, tennis has joined the ranks of other physical education activities at seven public schools in the area.

Chairman of the GMTF board of directors Ed Rubinoff is delighted to offer this opportunity for area children.

“The kids are the winners,” Rubinoff said.  “It is exciting to be able to give these students the feel of the racquet and perhaps turn them on to the sport of tennis, which isn’t always available to them.”

GMTF will provide instructors who will visit schools and bring equipment for basic lessons.  Children are then invited to attend after school tennis programs at neighborhood parks where they can test their skills on traditional courts.

Participating elementary schools: Earlington Heights, Frederick R. Douglass, Golden Glades and Olinda in Miami and Treasure Island in Miami Beach.

The program also reaches students at Norland Middle School in Miami Gardens and Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.

The free neighborhood parks tennis programs can be found at Partners for Youth Park, Norwood Park and Arcola Lakes Park in Miami.  Treasure Island Elementary School provides the tennis courts in Miami Beach.

Students at Nautilus Middle School who show interest to learn more are referred to the GMTF program at Moore Park; Frederick R. Douglass Elementary School children are referred to the GMTF after-school program at the Overtown Youth Center at Gibson Park.

The Greater Miami Tennis Foundation offers Tennis With a Purpose™, a pathway of programs at several public parks to help youngsters pursue tennis while learning valuable education and life skills.






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