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2008 FRPA Conference

September 30, 2008 08:46 PM


USTA Florida attended Florida Recreation & Park Association’s (FRPA) Annual State Conference, Aug. 26-27, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista. The conference, titled “Life is a Highway…Take the Scenic Route”, gave USTA Florida an opportunity to educate attendees about QuickStart Tennis, the new way to play for kids 10 and under, and share its services with park and recreation agencies during the 2008 Exhibit Hall.

USTA National Trainer, Jeff Davis, USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator, Jodi Manning, and USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis, Linda Curtis, did a three hour interactive presentation on QuickStart Tennis.  Participants learned tennis games on a 36’ court using age appropriate equipment specifically designed for children playing QuickStart Tennis.  The exciting new format was perfect to introduce to attendees at the FRPA conference because the format is an ideal fit for park and recreation agencies.

“There are numerous places children can play using the QuickStart format,” Curtis said.  “They can play in a gym, at a recreation center and at park sites – all you need is a hardtop.  It was important for us to get people at the conference to not only partake in the game, but learn how easy it will be for them to incorporate the new way to play at their recreation sites.”

Along with the three hour interactive educational session, USTA Florida was an exhibitor at the FRPA 2008 Exhibit Hall.  Approximately 100 companies and organizations came together to promote their products and services that could assist park and recreation agencies carry out their goals more efficiently. 

At the booth, USTA Florida offered individuals a chance to win $250 worth of QuickStart Tennis equipment through a raffle drawing.  Congratulations to Mary Carmichael with the City of Panama City Beach, a Tennis In the Parks agency, whose name was drawn for the $250 voucher for QuickStart Tennis equipment! 

USTA Florida’s partnership with the FRPA grows stronger every year.  This was evident at the USTA Florida annual meeting in 2007, when the organization presented Eleanor Warmack, executive director of the Florida Recreation and Park Association, with the Edward A. Turville President’s Award.  The award is given to a person, volunteer, organization and/or contributor to USTA Florida for the growth, betterment and furtherance of tennis in Florida.






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