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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): YMCA Broward 'Shares the Love'; Jax 10-U

August 25, 2011 03:40 PM
YMCA of Broward County Receives "Share the Love" Grant from USTA Florida 
Y_Color_Logo_normalThe YMCA of Broward County announced it has been awarded $7,500 by USTA Florida (United States Tennis Association-Florida Section) through its "Share the Love" grant initiative. The grant will enable the Y of Broward County to launch a tennis program in 10 of its 52 after-school sites, in addition to Lauderhill Community Y and LA LEE Y in Ft. Lauderdale.

The funds will provide equipment including child-sized racquets, balls and nets to allow kids in underserved communities to learn, play and enjoy the game of tennis. In addition, first-time USTA members under the age of 10 will receive a one-year free membership. Wellness Specialists from the Y will also participate in a dedicated USTA 10 and Under Tennis teacher's training workshop.

"USTA Florida's mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida cannot be done without partners like the YMCA of Broward County," said Andy McFarland, associate executive director of USTA Florida. "Youth organizations like the YMCA are very important to successfully introducing the lifetime sport of tennis to children. We are very happy to partner with YMCAs all over Florida to bring tennis to thousands of kids that may never get the chance to try tennis."
USTA Florida's $500,000 "Share the Love" grant initiative is designed to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. The lack of financial resources has been identified as a major barrier for young minority players who aspire to excellence in competitive tennis, as well as for local program organizers delivering tennis programs to multicultural audiences.
"This grant will support one of the Y's areas of focus, youth development, where we nurture the potential of every child and teen," said Sheryl A. Woods, CEO/president of the YMCA of Broward County. "It will give more than 400 kids across the county the opportunity to learn the skills of tennis, teamwork, sportsmanship, and participate in a fun physical activity."

Judi Erickson is the director of marketing and communications of the YMCA of Broward County.
"Many of these children might never experience the fun and excitement of learning and playing tennis without this grant from USTA and trained the Y Wellness Specialists," Erickson said. "We are delighted to be able to include tennis in our after-school programs as a result of the generosity of USTA Florida."
For more information call the YMCA of Broward County at (954) 334-9622 or visit www.ymcabroward.org.

Jacksonville Announces Open Registration for Fall Season 10 and Under Tennis

Jax-QST-2-webThe Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association (JYTA) has opened registration for the fall season of USTA Jr. Team Tennis for players age 10 and under, featuring the QuickStart play format. USTA 10 and Under Tennis utilizes kid-sized racquets, nets, court sizes and lower bouncing balls to make tennis fun and easy to learn for small children.

League locations in Jacksonville are Barnett Park, Boone Park, Southside Tennis and John Stockton Elementary School. The registration fee is $75 for 14 sessions of play, and new participants receive an age-appropriate tennis racquet and USTA Florida t-shirt, in addition to certified instruction and team play, and a season-ending play day and participation medallion.

Children joining the USTA for the first time through December 2011 will also receive a free junior membership, good for one year.

The USTA Jr. Team Tennis public parks league in Jacksonville is a partnership between the JYTA and JaxParks.

"The excitement is building for the fall season," said JYTA President and Founder Celia Rehm. "We are working to repeat the success of our spring season and are looking forward to seeing many 10-and-under players on the public courts of Jacksonville."

To register or for more information go to www.jaxyouthtennis.com.






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