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USTA Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp

June 10, 2008 12:49 PM

Daytona Beach hosts Multicultural Training Camp for the fourth year!

The fourth annual USTA Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp was held June 5-7 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The goal of the training camp was to show parents and junior tennis players of diverse backgrounds what it takes to get to the next level in competitive tennis. The camp brought together 10 players and their parents, along with seven USTA National and Section coaches, to provide educational training and support for future development in the sport.

The main objectives of the three-day camp were:

  • To provide the tools to help each participant reach their potential on and off the court
  • To provide information on opportunities to get to the next level
  • To provide a guide to making competitive tennis rewarding

The Multicultural Invitation Training Camp is an educational program for both players and parents, and topics of discussion included mental toughness, conditioning, sports science, nutrition, college tennis, grants and networking.

“The camp is designed to provide training and development opportunities, ensuring that no player is left behind due to cultural dissimilarities,” said Shelly Licorish, USTA Florida diversity staff liaison.

Highlights of this year’s camp included a session on Tournament Scheduling & Training Methods presented by Andy Brandi, coach and partner at The Harold Solomon Tennis Institute, and Goal Setting by Barbara Wong, CTA founder and president of Senior Tennis of Volusia and Diversity Chair member. The presentations were an eye opener for parents and helped answer their questions.

“I feel much lighter after this event,” said one parent, who wished to remain anonymous. “It has helped me to understand the process of junior tennis and it will help me to let go and let my child have fun in their tennis experience.”

Licorish agrees.

“The camp is not just about hitting tennis balls; 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,” she said. “Parents will return home and sit down with their child and make a plan for a specific measurable goal, such as scheduling tournaments for their tennis champion!”

Everyone agrees…the camp is a keeper!

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