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Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Receives USTA Florida QuickStart Tennis Grant

October 29, 2010 02:24 PM
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Steve and Lynn Frank on the court with some of their tennis students, who are all members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County in Hobe Sound, Fla., was announced as the recipient of a 'Share the Love' grant for QuickStart Tennis equipment from the United States Tennis Association-Florida (USTA Florida). USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign is a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times.

Lynn Frank, a Boys & Girls Clubs Corporate Board member and USTA member, applied for the grant and will use the funds to enhance the club's tennis program for younger children. Frank, along with other volunteers, plans to purchase new QuickStart 10-and-under equipment and teach tennis two to three times a week. The tennis lessons are included with club membership, which is just $25 for the entire school year.
 
"With the QuickStart program, the little ones under 10 will have smaller racquets, a lower net and lighter balls," she said. "This helps them develop mastery of the sport earlier in life and builds their self esteem. Plus it's a lot of fun!"
 
Frank and other USTA Florida members who volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County recently completed training on the new QuickStart Tennis program.

QuickStart Tennis is designed for children age 10-and-under or older beginning players, featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of QuickStart Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.
 
"We applaud the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County's efforts in bringing QuickStart Tennis to area children," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "As we have seen time and time again, tennis can give certainly make a difference in the lives of the children, as well as their families and the community at large."
 
Share the Love grant applications are still being accepted by USTA Florida at www.USTASharetheLove.com, or questions can be e-mailed to grants@florida.usta.com. For more information on QuickStart Tennis in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.
 
For additional information on the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County programs, log on to www.bgcmartin.org or call the administrative offices at (772) 545-1255.
 

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