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QuickStart Tennis at Palm Beach Kids Fitness Festival

June 23, 2009 07:00 AM
USTA Florida and The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will again team up for the 2009 Kids' Fitness Festival, July 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Americraft Expo Center on the South Florida Fairgrounds.

USTA Florida has been bringing tennis to the Kids Fitness Festival for more than 10 years, hosting clinics and this year QuickStart Tennis, which teaches children the basic skills of what continues to be the nation's fastest-growing recreational sport.

"Local USTA Florida representatives Susan Allshouse and Janet Sprague have been instrumental in conducting this interactive experience, exposing tennis to over 6,000 kids at last year's event," said Rachel Miller of PalmBeachSports.com. "They want to match that number this year."

Tennis is the fastest-growing sport in America among traditional individual sports over the last eight years, according to the Sporting Good Manufacturing Association. The Taylor Research Group also reported that tennis participation reached a record high of 27 million players in 2008.

"Our goal is to increase awareness of youth tennis in our community," said Allshouse, a member of the USTA Florida board of directors.

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USTA Florida has been a major contributor to the growth of the game through the advocacy of QuickStart Tennis, the fun "mini-tennis" format featuring age-appropriate racquets, balls and court sizes that let children ease their way into tennis. QuickStart Tennis enables kids to have more enjoyable experiences early in the learning process, which is the key to keeping kids involved, with the format being used to train the next generation of tennis players at elementary and middle schools, parks and recreation facilities and tennis clubs. QuickStart is already being used in over 1,000 locations across the country. To see QuickStart Tennis in action go to http://consumers.quickstarttennis.com/.

"We are extremely pleased to have a governing body with the stature of the USTA involved in the Kids' Fitness Festival," said Jeff Zipper from Private Client Group -- National City/PNC, chair of the Kids' Fitness Festival. "It is a testament of the growth and respect of sports in Palm Beach County."

The Kids' Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches is the only multi-sport event taking place on an annual basis in Palm Beach County, dedicated to introducing a variety of sports to the youth of South Florida. The festival features over 40 traditional and nontraditional sports such as tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse, netball, badminton, fencing, martial arts, archery, fishing and more. For more information on how to get involved with tennis, contact Janet Sprague at (561) 686-1103. For general information on the Kids' Fitness Festival go to www.palmbeachsports.com/kff or contact Rachel Miller at (561) 233-3178.
 

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