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September 7, 2011 12:40 PM
Multicultural Tennis Coaching Education Symposium at Naples in December

multi-kids-on-court-webThe Multicultural Coaching Education Symposium, presented by USTA Player Development, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee and USTA Diversity & Inclusion, will be held on Dec. 13, 2011, at the Naples Grande Hotel in Naples, Fla.

The event will share the USTA Player Development Teaching & Coaching Philosophy while also developing strategies to increase multicultural coaches and players at the junior and collegiate level.

Presentations from USTA Player Development national coaches working with the U.S.'s top players, top collegiate coaches and top junior developmental coaches will be featured.

For more information go to: www.itatennis.com/Coaches/CoachesW​orkspace/USTA_Multicultural_Grant_Application_to_attend_the_2011_ITA_Coaches_Convention.htm.

USTA, Aetna Announce Elementary School Tennis Grant Program 
Introducing the excitement and fun of tennis to more children across America is the goal of a new grant program offered by Aetna and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) national body. The new "Aetna ICON Grants" will be used to help improve the health, physical activity and academic achievement of youth in diverse communities throughout the United States, through the integration of tennis, health and education curricula in after-school programs.
The grant program will be made available in Florida as well as the USTA's other 16 sections.

The USTA will supply tennis equipment, tennis lines and personalized training for the teachers and coaches; Aetna will supply volunteers to conduct the education and health portions of the program; and USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, will provide the financial grant, program evaluation and oversight.

Representatives from the USTA's 17 sections will assist in disseminating materials to schools and providing ongoing program recommendations. 
Schools with at least 51 percent non-white enrollment will be targeted and will not be required to currently provide a tennis program at the elementary school level, physical education or an after-school program to be eligible for a grant. Teachers and coaches who would like to assist will not be required to have a tennis background, but must be committed to help supervising the tennis and education program.
"Aetna is committed to supporting the health and well-being of the nation's children, which is expected to be the first American generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, due largely to obesity-related disease," said a company spokesperson. "In working toward helping the nation's children grow up active, healthy, and physically fit, Aetna sees great synergy in joining efforts with the USTA which is working to grow the sport of tennis and make it look like America."
More information about the grant application and award process will be available soon on www.usta.org.  

Gainesville's Jonesville Tennis Receives Award at US Open

The USTA announced the nine winners of its 30th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country, among them the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Each facility was honored at the USTA Semiannual meeting during the meeting of the Technical Committee on Sept. 4, 2011, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City during the US Open.

Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other "growth of the game" programs open to the public.

"These facilities do a tremendous job at providing tennis to the communities they serve," said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "We are proud to honor them for their commitment to growing the game of tennis, and building a foundation for people to continue to play the sport that they love."

All 2011 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility.  Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary USTA membership will be awarded to each winning facility.

The 2011 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2-10 courts):
Lone Tree Park & Tennis Center -- Littleton, Colo.
Kiest Park -- Dallas, Texas

Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts):
Wagon Wheel Tennis Center -- Coppell, Texas
The Tennis Center At Steamboat Springs -- Steamboat Springs, Colo.
South Lake Tennis Center -- South Lake, Texas
Jonesville Tennis Center -- Gainesville, Fla.

Educational Institutions:
Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center -- Macon, Ga.

Private Facilities:
River Hills Club -- Jackson, Miss.
Centercourt Athletic Club -- Chatham, N.J.

Orlando Area to Host "Fun in the Sun" Tennis Event

A "Fun in the Sun" tennis event open to all players will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, from 9-11 a.m. at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, Fla.

A $10 fee covers tennis, food and drink, drawings for prizes and more.

"Enjoy a Day of 'Fun in the Sun' while playing some fun tennis games, hitting targets for prizes, clocking your serve, winning plenty of prizes for our drawings, and enjoying food and drinks," said organizer Chelsea Maratta. "Everyone who attends even gets goodies for participating. Plus, any player that attends this event and registers for the USTA Orlando Fall Flex League from Oct. 2-4 will be entered into a special drawing for two one-day two-park tickets to Universal Studios Island of Adventure."

The event is for adults from 2.5-5.0 NTRP rating that live in Seminole or Orange County, and juniors from age 12-18.
To RSVP for the event contact Chelsea Underwood no later than Sept. 18 by e-mailing cmaratta@alumni.flagler.edu (your full name, for adults your NTRP rating or for juniors your age, and your phone number), or call (407) 325-7387.






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