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Camera, Lights, Success - at Miami’s Moore Park

January 16, 2007 04:28 PM

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MIAMI, FL, Jan. 9, 2007
– Moore Park turned into a film location recently when a cameraman and director showed up to make a documentary about the after-school program operated by the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation.

Taking naturally to their roles, children from across Miami ran through tennis drills, played matches, ate and socialized before the camera at a special three-day holiday event scheduled during winter break from school.

“We are excited because the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation will be recognized at the national level for its place in the lives of Miami children for more than 30 years,” said executive director Donna Marie Stewart. “Support from the Children’s Trust, the Knight Foundation and other faithful donors ensures that the kids have access to both educational and recreational programs. Additionally, programs such as First Serve teach children the essential life skills necessary to succeed."

The Greater Miami Tennis Foundation invited children from other parks, including Arcola Lakes, Bryan Park, Miami Gardens, North Glades, Overtown Youth Center and the South-Dade YWCA to participate in the fun on Jan. 3-5 for the Tennis Community Outreach Program made possible by a grant from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. 

The documentary will be presented in February in Atlanta, where the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation will receive the 2006 “USTA NJTL of  the Year” award granted by the United States Tennis Association. The foundation is one of five organizations to be recognized for taking tennis and education programs into public parks.

The National Junior Tennis League chapter, known as GMTF, was started in 1974 in Miami by tennis greats Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell.  They traveled the country to take tennis beyond country club courts by putting racquets in the hands of children who wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to play.

 

 

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