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Fourth Annual Multicultural Invitation Training Camp

May 27, 2008 06:44 PM

The fourth annual USTA Florida Multicultural Invitation Training Camp will be held June 5-7 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The goal of the training camp is to show parents and junior tennis players of diverse backgrounds what it takes to get to the next level in competitive tennis.  The camp, which has successfully graduated three top ten junior tennis players in Florida, will bring together 12 Florida players ranked below 50 and their parents, along with 8 USTA National and Section coaches, with intent of providing education, opportunity and support for future development in the sport.

USTA Florida Diversity Staff Liaison, Shelly Licorish, says, “The main purpose is education for junior players and families that otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn about these things.”  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 three day camp emphasizes match play, life skills and parent education in a supportive, competitive environment and stresses topics such as mental toughness, conditioning, racquet selection, preparation and maintenance, nutrition, college tennis, grants and networking.  Players will also get top tennis instruction from professional coaches on the Embry-Riddle tennis courts.

“The camp is not just about hitting tennis balls,” Licorish says.  “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.” 

Top three graduates include Sachia Vickery, 2008 Girls’ 12 Easter Bowl USTA National Spring Champion, Sloane Stevens, wildcard recipient into 2007 US Open Junior Tennis Championships and Victoria Duval, 2008 No. 1 ranked player in Girls’ 12s.  


Photos by Nyla from 2007 Multicultural Invitation Training Camp






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