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Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Launches 10-under QuickStart Tennis

November 29, 2010 12:25 PM
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The Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. 
The Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour Beach, located on Florida's east coast in Brevard County, will serve-up 10-and-under tennis featuring the QuickStart play format following a grant from USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign. The Share the Love campaign is a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to promote a wide range of community tennis initiatives during difficult economic times for Florida schools, communities and tennis facilities.

"Our program here at Eau Gallie Yacht Club is growing in the last few years and we want to keep it that way," said Director of Tennis Milos Vasovic. "We all want to grow our great game, and QuickStart is the way to get more kids involved in it. Age-appropriate racquets, courts and balls make tennis fun to all kids, and that is the most important thing. The more fun, the better chance we have of keeping them involved in tennis as they grow older. The Share the Love grant is a great initiative, and the equipment will be very helpful to us. I hope that many other facilities will take advantage of this great opportunity."
 
The 10-and-under QuickStart Tennis play format is designed for children age 10-and-under, 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 the 10-and-under QuickStart Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

"I definitely think it's easier for kids with lighter rackets to play with a softer ball," Federer said. "You can really swing through the shots, the ball doesn't fly all over the place, and it's easier for the arm. Eventually, you've got to change to the proper tennis ball but in the beginning, for kids to start off with a softer tennis ball I think is a very good thing."

Vasovic says he looks forward to featuring the 10-and-under QuickStart play format in his summer camps, and forming a traveling team to attend QuickStart tournaments as well as hosting one at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.

"Our club has made a commitment to start and maintain junior tennis programs in the future," Vasovic said. "Our goal is to make a very competitive junior program and we won't stop until that is achieved."

USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida. Funding priorities for the Share the Love initiative include the 10-and-under QuickStart Tennis play format and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to QuickStart courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

"We look forward to hearing of the further success with the 10-and-under tennis program at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "It is with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these."

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.

 
 

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