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Third annual Multicultural Training Camp in Daytona Beach

June 22, 2007 01:24 PM

Photos by Nyla

For the third year, the USTA Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp was held June 14-16 at the Holiday Inn Express-Indigo Lakes Resort in Daytona Beach.

Fourteen players and their parents, along with 8 USTA National and Sectional coaches from various diverse backgrounds participated in the camp that emphasized match play, life skills and parent education in a supportive, competitive environment.  Camp objectives included:

• Tools to help each participant reach their potential on and off the court
• Information on opportunities to get to the next level
• A guide to making competitive tennis rewarding

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

The weekend is an educational program for both players and parents and stressed topics such as mental toughness, conditioning, racquet selection, preparation and maintenance, nutrition, college tennis, grants and networking.

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

“This weekend was extremely valuable to the entire tennis family,” said one parent. 

“The presentation provided very valuable information to help me continue to help my daughter as she develops into a champion,” another parent said. “Thank you!”


It was unanimous among players, parents, coaches and USTA Florida Diversity Staff Liaison, Shelly Licorish, that the tennis camp was a huge success.  The groups’ favorite session during the weekend was presented by Raquel Malo of the Human Performance Institute.  The session was an eye opener for parents, coaches and players as Raquel taught them how to prepare for an early match mentally, physically and nutritionally.

The attendees also got a special treat during the first day of camp when the coaches took them to see the final matches of the 2007 USTA Florida Jr. State Championship at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, an extremely prestigious tournament for junior players in Florida.

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

2007 Multicultural Invitation Training Camp Participants:

Jose Gracia
Michael Vo
Terrance Whitehurst
Terrell Whitehurst
Sekou Bangoura Jr.

Jesenia Bruno
Nia Bryant
Nadia Echeverria
Stefanie Kurgatt
Macy Polk
Cristalei Polk
Johnnise Renaud
Prianka Shah
Sachia Vickery
Victoria Williams
Calah Williams

Sekou Bangoura
Maria Cercone
Carl Goodman – Director
Paul Johnson – Coordinator
Kelvin Rivera – Coordinator
Mary Vento
Kevin Barnes (Asst.)
Pfungwa Mahefu (Asst.)

Dede Allen
John Gugel
Shelly Licorish
Raquel Malo
Randy Smythe
Garth Weiss






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