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First Annual Tennis Block Party for HCC

April 25, 2008 03:50 PM

Save the date: Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

That's when the Hillsborough County Tennis Association will host its first annual "Tennis Block Party" at the Hillsborough Community College Tennis Complex opposite Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
This FREE event will introduce new players - young or old - to tennis and help bring former players back to "The Sport of a Lifetime."  Veteran players, meanwhile, can check out new gear and try out the latest racquets on court - all for FREE.

The FREE on-court sessions with certified teaching pros will feature:

- The new USTA QuickStart Tennis "right-sized" tennis format, with lessons and demonstrations for kids up to age 10.
- Sign-ups and lessons for the new USTA Jr. Team Tennis League, a program for older kids and teenagers.
- Adult CardioTennis participation and demonstrations.  In CardioTennis, tennis pros lead fun tennis drills to the beat of high-energy music - and players burn up calories and get a great workout.
- Major manufacturer participation, with FREE on-court racquet demos for players.
- Exhibitions of the exciting new "One-on-One Doubles" format.
- Racquet, shoe, and other equipment raffle giveaways.

In addition, music, food, opportunities to sign-up with area tennis leagues and events,plus other surprises! All are all on tap May 10 at HCC.

"We're excited to host our first large-scale event," says Michael Herrera, HCTA Tennis Block Party chairman.  "This will be a great way to introduce QuickStart tennis to young players, to promote Jr. Team Tennis, and to show adults how much fun CardioTennis can be - AND, how you can burn calories and have a blast at the same time!"  The HCTA Tennis Block Party will reintroduce the "New HCC Tennis Complex."  The 28-court facility is being upgraded and spruced up under new management.

The QuickStart format for young children features small racquets and courts, lower nets, slower-bouncing balls, and game-based play.  The idea is to make tennis a bit easier, and thus more fun for youngsters.  QuickStart will help grow tennis faster than ever, United States Tennis Association officials predict.  The HCTA is helping bring QuickStart to Hillsborough County via pilot programs.

Many area tennis teaching professionals are volunteering their time to help HCTA members put on the May 10 event at HCC.  "We couldn't do it without generous time contributions by USPTA and PTR tennis pros," said Herrera.

For regular updates on Tennis Block Party planning, visit the HCTA website, www.hcta.usta.com.  And, if you want to lend a hand or help sponsor the event, please contact an HCTA director:

Sharon Belmudez, President, 813-843-0963, sjeepstr@tampabay.rr.com
Gary Shepherd, VP, 813-832-1899, gbshepherd@hotmail.com
Julie Santo, Secretary, 813-727-9729, jsanto1@tampabay.rr.com
Tony Lutz, Treasurer, 813-695-4973, tlutz68@yahoo.com
Michael Herrera, 813-274-0998, michaeldavidherrera@hotmail.com
Aaron Medvick, 813-295-3407, amedvick@hotmail.com






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