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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Elem. School 10 and Under Grant; Sony Ericsson Events

February 16, 2011 12:17 PM
Citrus Grove Elem. in Palm City Fighting Obesity Through Tennis Grant

Physical education classes at Citrus Grove Elementary school in Palm City, Fla., will soon see elementary students swatting low-compression tennis balls over mini-nets after a $750 10 and Under Tennis (featuring the QuickStart play format) equipment grant from USTA Florida's "Share the Love" initiative.

"As a exceptionally passionate elementary physical education teacher, I am always looking for new innovative opportunities to introduce my students to lifelong fitness skills," said Citrus Grove's Danny Rendell. "Through collaboration with the Share the Love grant, QuickStart Tennis, and outstanding area tennis professionals, we're making exercising interesting and fun for hundreds of area children."

USTA Florida is fighting America's childhood overweight and obesity epidemic with 10 and Under Tennis, the fun new format that keeps kids constantly moving and engaged in physical activity. Currently more than one in five children age 6-18 are overweight or obese, and that number has increased 200% over the past three decades. Tennis is one of the few sports that can be played for a lifetime and uniquely benefits children like no other sport. According to various studies, tennis players score higher in vigor, optimism, and self-esteem, and lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety, and tension; tennis outperforms golf, running, weight-lifting, and many other sports in developing positive personality characteristics; and the average person burns more calories playing tennis than doing low impact aerobics, weightlifting, riding a stationary bike, hiking, walking a golf course, or playing softball, baseball, or volleyball. 

USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, low-compression 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 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 10 and Under Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

"10 and under Tennis is a wonderful way to introduce my students to tennis, and now we have the appropriate equipment to develop students' tennis skills properly," Rendell said. "Citrus Grove Elementary physical education department, where we say, 'Where being fit is fun!'"

USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida. USTA Florida's Share the Love grant program helps fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities include 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to permanent 10 and Under Tennis courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

"According to the experts, there is not only a physical growth that develops in children under the age of 10, but social, emotional, physiological and mental skills that can be developed at the right speed and the QuickStart Tennis play format will help develop this in children," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland. "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 the 10 and Under Tennis play format in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

For more information on Citrus Grove Elementary programs, go to www.cge.martinschools.org.

2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami Gearing-up with Events

The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, held March 21-April 3, 2011, on Key Biscayne at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, is gearing-up for it's main event with a number of promotions to be announced during the coming weeks.

sony ericsson openThe Sony Ericsson Open and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin have teamed up again to form a five-event Happy Hour Series taking place at various locations around South Florida leading up to the Sony Ericsson Open. The 2011 Happy Hour Series will kick-off this Thursday, Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle, located at 65 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Other locations include the Tarpon Ben Food & Tackle in Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 25, Novecento Restaurant in Brickell on March 4, the Clevelander Hotel South Beach on March 11, and Green Street Cafe in Coconut Grove on March 18.
Each event, will include ticket giveaways to the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, as well as provide fans, ages 21 and up, the ultimate BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Cocktail Experience. Along with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE mixologists, fans can learn to make the official Sony Ericsson cocktail, the Sapphire Ace Collins.

Get your tickets now, as the Sony Ericsson Open is only five weeks away and tickets are going fast. Individual-session tickets for 24 sessions are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Sony Ericsson Open ticket office at (305) 442-3367 or e-mailing the ticket office at tickets@imgworld.com for more information. Secure your seats for 2011 and watch the best players in the world including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Venus Williams Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki.
The Sony Ericsson Open is also looking for volunteers to work at the 2011 event. Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions throughout the tournament, including transportation, guest safety, court ushers and ticket checkers, just to name a few.

For more info on all events and activities, go to www.SonyEricssonOpen.com.






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