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Ralleyball Tennis Jamboree Scores Big

April 24, 2007 01:55 PM

On Saturday, April 21, USTA Florida hosted a Ralleyball Tennis Jamboree for ten dynamic teams in the 8 & under and 12 & under divisions from the Ormond Beach and Port Orange Ralleyball programs.  The fun-filled day took place at the beautiful Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, and capped off a successful Spring Ralleyball season.  For two hours, the spunky kids played in a round robin format against other teams in their respective divisions.  After match play, every player received a trophy at the awards ceremony, while two particular kids were recognized for their wonderful sportsmanship on the court.  Justin Singh was awarded the sportsmanship trophy for the 8 & under division and Tyler Phillips received the sportsmanship trophy for the 12 & under division.


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These talented kids worked for the past 8 weeks on their tennis skills in preparation for this big event.  Jodi Manning, USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator, organized the Tennis Jamboree with USTA National Trainer, Rita Gladstone and USTA Florida Director of Community Development, Linda Curtis, while wonderful volunteers and parents assisted with the day’s activities.  The event could not have run so smoothly without the magnificent help and support from parents and enthusiastic team captains.

“Ralleyball tennis emphasizes team play which is a unique concept for kids,” said Rita.  “It exposes kids to play tennis as a team sport, and to see how much fun that really is.”

After the award ceremony, kids and team captains were treated to Papa John’s Pizza and fresh lemonade.  Before the kids had a chance to correctly chew their food, they turned their glossy stare to the snow cone and cotton candy machines, followed quickly to the bounce house.  A special thanks to Savannah Atkins, USTA Florida Program Administrator, and Atlantic High School coach Vinnie Abbaleo and tennis players Matt Gibson and Barbara Crouch for braving the wild Tasmanian forces blowing around the snow cone and cotton candy stations.

Also on board for afternoon activities were the Daytona Beach Fire Explorers.  They parked a big red fire truck at the tennis center and talked to kids about safety and being physically fit.  All children had the opportunity to try on heavy fire gear and hop on board the fire truck.  The children also got to turn on the fire hose and aim the powerful water at a nearby target.  This is the first time the Daytona Beach Fire Department has worked with USTA Florida. 

“Lieutenant Anthony McCulley and his team did a great job with the young tennis players,” said Tori Townsend, USTA Florida Communications Coordinator.  “Not only did they get the kids swept away in the action, but the parents as well!”

“This was a great event to bring kids together from Volusia county,” said Rita.  “There was incredible team spirit on the courts, and everyone left motivated to play tennis during the summer.”

The kids had an absolute blast at the Tennis Jamboree thanks to the collective effort from all parties involved.  Having fun while playing tennis is what it is all about, and it is safe to say that is exactly what happened.

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For copies of pictures or team photos related to this event, please email Tori Townsend at townsend@florida.usta.com.  

 

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