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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Destin QuickStart, Nickelodeon Tennis, More

September 19, 2011 12:02 PM
QuickStart Tennis Hits the Streets of Destin Commons in Florida

10 and Under Tennis and the QuickStart play format came to the Destin Commons shopping mall this past weekend, where more than a hundred children played on pop-up mini-tennis courts in high-traffic areas on Sept. 17, 2011.

Destin Commons hosted the "Back to School Bash" on the Saturday from 5-7 p.m., introducing children and their parents to the 10 and Under Tennis easy-to-learn format.

Renee Broxson, director of tennis at Hidden Dunes, coordinated the event with the help of Joe D'Aleo, the director of tennis at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort, and Jessica D'Aleo, the local Jr. Team tennis coordinator.

"For two hours kids came and went through the street tennis set-up using the foam and red ball on the mini nets," said D'Aleo, who is also the USPTA Florida District president for District 1. "With the extra help of Jr. Team Tennis players Jacob and Ethan D'Aleo, the kids felt comfortable coming up grabbing a racquet and ball and hitting around. Even parents couldn't resist getting into the action. It was a great night of tennis and pure enjoyment for Renee, Jessica, Jacob, Ethan and myself to promote and show so many children and parents the QuickStart format. Our children loved showing off their skills, and helping the kids come out and play tennis, most for the first time."  
USTA Takes SmashZone Tennis to Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that its SmashZone, a complement to the association's ongoing youth participation 10 and Under Tennis initiative, will be part of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP). On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, Nickelodeon and its WWDOP partners will host an entire day of activities and games for kids and their families on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

During WWDOP, Nickelodeon's networks and websites will go dark from 12 to 3 p.m. (ET/PT) to inspire kids and families to get out and play. There are more than 4,000 confirmed local WWDOP events that will take place in every state across the U.S. and also in 12 countries throughout the year. 

The USTA's SmashZone is a kid-friendly interactive tennis area that includes four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. The space is handicap accessible and allows participants to try their skills on any of the four 10 and Under Tennis courts, which feature games including the Esurance "Champion of the Court" and a Target Challenge. All of the courts are made of Sport Court's high-performance PowerGame(tm) modular playing surface.       

Nickelodeon-Day-of-PlayThe USTA's 10 and Under Tennis initiative is geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child's size. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.

"The USTA's partnership with Nickelodeon and participation in its Worldwide Day of Play provide a wonderful platform for us to encourage millions of young people everywhere to begin leading a more active and healthy lifestyle, and that playing tennis is a great activity to make that happen," said Jon Vegosen, chairman of the board and president, USTA. "Through our 10 and Under Tennis programming, we are able to get more tennis racquets in kids' hands at a younger age, cultivate their love and enjoyment of playing tennis, and help stem the onset of childhood obesity."

In addition to its partnership with Nickelodeon, the USTA has also joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama for her "Let's Move!" campaign to help get kids moving through tennis and earn their Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The PALA award recognizes kids who stay active for 60 minutes per day, five days a week for six out of eight weeks. PALA's national goal is to get one million youngsters to take this challenge. To date, the USTA is responsible for providing over 226,634 kids who have participated in and completed PALA through its youth tennis programs.

To find more information about the SmashZone check out www.10andundertennis.com. For more information about Nickelodeon's WWDOP, visit www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play

Broward Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition Joins Armed Forces Appreciation Day

In association with the Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition planned for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Broward County on Nov. 11, 2011.

The City of Plantation's Frank Veltri Tennis Center is presenting The Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition, in partnership with the USTA and the USTA Military Outreach, on Saturday Oct. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m.

"This proclamation is a collimation of the first event, starting with the children of armed forces personal having a great fun-filled summer at no-charge in Plantation," said organizer Mark Morgenstern. "We then went on to invite the players from the National Wheelchair Sports Fund in Boynton Beach, Florida, to come to Plantation for a Wheelchair Tennis Event on Aug. 13. These players will be back for a larger Wheelchair Tennis Event on the clay courts in Plantation. The Goodyear Blimp will be paying us a visit for flyover at this time."

The exhibition will include singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

On Aug. 13 the City of Plantation's Frank Veltri Tennis Center hosted 'The Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition By the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour,' featuring world-class tennis athletes demonstrating their abilities in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. The Frank Veltri Tennis Center is a subdivision of the City of Plantation Parks and Recreation Department, located in Plantation Central Park. It is one of the largest public tennis facilities in South Florida with 26 lighted claycourts and two hardcourts. The facility was chosen as the USTA Organization of the Year in 1997 and USTA Facility of the Year in 2007.

For more event information go to www.plantationtennis.org.






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