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Florida Tennis Briefs: Palm Beach 10-Under; Key Biscayne Cerebral Palsy Benefit

December 30, 2010 10:20 AM
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Palm Beach County Club Offering 10-Under Tennis to Elementary Students via USTA Florida Grant

Palm Beach County's municipal Wellington Tennis Center has received a $1,000 grant for 10-and-Under Tennis equipment from the United States Tennis Association-Florida's (USTA Florida) "Share the Love" grant initiative.

"Wellington Tennis Center (WTC) is providing a USTA 10-and-Under program for 5-8 year olds to increase the interest in tennis using these age-appropriate activities," said Debra Ellsworth, tennis afterschool coordinator. "WTC is the only facility in the western communities of Palm Beach County providing the 10-and-Under program."

The 10-and-under Tennis play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed 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 current 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 the 10-and-under Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

The Wellington Tennis Center is in regional proximity to eight elementary schools, and the center has positioned itself as a local hub for the 10-and-Under Tennis program.

"We feel there is a need for this program to reach the eight elementary schools in our area to engage the children's interest in tennis," Ellsworth said.

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 play format courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

"We look forward to hearing of the further success of this program," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "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.

Key Biscayne Tennis Invitational to Benefit Cerebral Palsy at Crandon Park

The 3rd Annual Marissa Nestor Invitational benefiting the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Miami will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.

The event will include a doubles format tournament, a silent auction, raffle, and awards luncheon. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend a cocktail reception the evening before the tournament at the private home of the event host, Eva Ritvo, M.D. The final match-up will be played in the center stadium court.

Proceeds raised from this event will go towards supporting UCP of Miami, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy, other developmental disabilities and their family members, as well as people with similar needs, such as the frail elderly, by providing support and services which aide in the achievement of their goals and desires.

For more information on this event, please contact Jessica Dominguez at (305) 325-9018 or by e-mail at Jessica.Dominguez@ucpsouthflorida.org.





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