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Florida Tennis Briefs: Capriati Hospitalized; 7th Grade HS Phenom; Facilities Grant

June 28, 2010 11:38 AM
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com

Florida Schools, Tennis Facilities Can Pair for $100-750,000 PEP Awards

Each year the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awards millions of dollars to schools and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs. Local Florida tennis facilities working with a school or schools in the community can receive amounts ranging from $100,000 to $750,000.

This is a great opportunity for Florida tennis facilities to take part in the national health message and connect with schools in the community to help grow tennis programs and benefit American youngsters. Several tennis industry programs such as USTA QuickStart Tennis, Cardio Tennis, USTA Schools Programs, and After-School Tennis fit well into the framework of a grant request.

Apply for a PEP Grant now at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/applicant.html
The application deadline is Monday, July 19, 2010.

For some tips on writing a successful PEP Grant application, visit: http://www.pecentral.com/professional/pepbill/pepwritingtips.html

Capriati Hospitalized After Reported Overdose

South Floridian and former No. 1-ranked Jennifer Capriati was reportedly rushed to a hospital over the weekend with a drug overdose, with paramedics taking the 34-year-old from a hotel in Riviera Beach, Fla., to a nearby hospital.

The retired tennis player's father told TMZ that Capriati was "recovering well."

Capriati was forced off the tour after her 2004 season by shoulder surgery, and did not compete again in a WTA Tour event after 2004 and a difficult rehabilitation period after the surgery.
7th Grader Finishes 1st Year Atop Florida High School Tennis Team

Playing highly-seasoned 17- and 18-year-olds in high school tennis can be a daunting task for any younger player, much less someone just turning 13. Ponte Vedra Beach's Jaclyn Switkes, however, now has a year of such experience under her belt, and after an 11-4 season record at No. 1 singles (and she played No. 1 doubles), she looks to only get stronger.

Switkes finished her 7th grade year at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, an annual powerhouse in Northeast Florida tennis, playing her first year in any organized team tennis environment.

"Sometimes [my opponents] were like really big and tall, and it was kind of scary, and they hit the ball really hard," the 85-pound Switkes told the Florida Times-Union. "But I know what to do: just take pace off and not try to out-power them but to move them around."

This year the Bolles team won district and regional titles in the Class 2A division and made it to the state tournament. Switkes won the district and regional singles titles, but fell at the state level in Tallahassee, losing first round to the eventual champion Jacqueline Kasler of Gulf Breeze.






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