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December 11, 2006 03:56 PM

Tennis at elementary school in Ft. Lauderdale

Last month, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School children in Ft. Lauderdale were treated to an afternoon of tennis fun, thanks to USTA clinicians Ray Smith, Jim Bristol and Kacy Young, and USTA Florida community coordinator Cheryl Rivera.

Tennis nets were set up and racquets and tennis balls were passed around.  A basketball court was miraculously transformed, and tennis games took over the court!

It was a treat for assistant principal Claudia McGrath to see her students having so much fun.

"The students were participating in all kinds of games and activities," McGrath said.  "They learned about scoring in tennis, tips and techniques for play, the role of the referee in a match and best of all – the importance of good sportsmanship in the game."

Because of a grant through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, tennis instruction as well as academic tutoring is being made available to these elementary students.

"Principal Olivia Vega, the faculty, staff, students and I enthusiastically look forward to the tennis elective at Thurgood," McGrath said.  "We thank USTA Florida's Rivera and the pros for bringing tennis to our school."


City of Lauderhill after school tennis program

For the first time, the after school program at the City of Lauderhill Kids Corner Club will offer a tennis program.  Approximately 70 children, 5-11 years old, will participate in the tennis program.

Through a USTA grant, the cost of equipment, instructors and trophies will be covered.

Sadkin, St. George, and West Ken Lark are the three parks included in the city's corner club.  City of Lauderhill program director Christine Thomas has helped get the tennis program up and running.

"Thanks to USTA Florida's Cheryl Rivera and the support and resources from the USTA, this has become a reality for the City of Lauderhill," Thomas said.  "The Kids Corner staff and the children are excited about this wonderful opportunity to learn all about tennis!"






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