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Florida Tennis Briefs: USTA Daytona School League; Djokovic Miami Fundraiser for Japan

March 22, 2011 10:36 AM
Registration Open for Daytona Beach/Volusia Co. USTA Jr. Team Tennis Middle School League

Middle school tennis players gets a league of their own again this year when the 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Middle School League serving the Volusia County area kicks off on April 6 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

 
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2010 USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Middle School League champions Silver Sands Middle School
Practices begin at participating schools the week of March 21 and 28. March 28 is the date when school practices begin, and matches will be held at the Florida Tennis Center on Wednesdays and Fridays on April 13, 15, 20, 27, 29, and May 4. May 11 is a scheduled rain make-up day and/or end-of-season awards party.
 
"There's no middle school sports at all [in Volusia County]," said the Volusia USTA school league tennis organizer Gladstone. "It's a very important time in these middle school years for kids to have an outlet. This is also bringing in a lot of new kids that might not originally play tennis, but it appeals to them to play for their school. Last year we had a number of football players seeing they could play for their middle school so they were totally into it, we had a lot of kids from other sports."

The USTA Jr. Team Tennis Middle School League in Volusia County is in compliance with the Florida High School Athletic Association's (FHSAA) bylaws, and public school league teams will be able to "letter" according to the school's criteria and the FHSAA's criteria for lettering in varsity sports.

"This will be the third season of middle school tennis in Volusia County," says USTA Florida Volusia-area Tennis Program Coordinator Molly Zimmer. "I look forward to seeing the school-based teams, their families, teachers and coaches at the Florida Tennis Center for another season of tennis, fun and great school spirit."

The cost for the league is $60, and participants must be current USTA members ($19 USTA youth membership fee if not currently a member). Children joining or renewing their USTA youth membership receive a subscription to SMASH magazine (a tennis publication specifically for junior players), a USTA membership card for league and tournament play, and a USTA Jr. Team Tennis sling bag.

Schools participating in the 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Middle School League include Buddy Taylor Middle School, Creekside Middle, Deland Middle, Hinson Middle School, Holly Hill Middle, Ormond Beach Middle School, River Springs Middle, Silver Sands Middle, St. Barnabas, St. Brendan School, and St. James School.

League registration closes on March 31, 2011. For more registration or league information contact Volusia County USTA Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator Rita Gladstone at (386) 299-6551 or e-mail rita@ritatennis.com.


Djokovic Exhibition at Sony Ericsson Miami on Wednesday to Aid Japan Crisis Relief

djokovic signing autographsResponding to the tragic events unfolding in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, ATP World Tour No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic and other top ATP players are teaming-up with GR8 Miami to hold a fundraising event on Wednesday, March 23, during the first week of the Sony Ericsson Open.
 
Just off his win at the BNP Paribas Open, Djokovic is making his way to Miami where he will lead a team of ATP stars including Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and others in an exhibition soccer match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers professional soccer team. The match starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Ransom Everglades School in Miami.
 
From 8-11 p.m. that evening, Djokovic and other tennis and soccer players will attend a fundraiser dinner event and after-party, both open to the public, at "The 19th Floor Tennis Arena" at JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way (305-421-8600). The after-party will feature additional fundraising opportunities including a silent auction and donations to the American Red Cross Japan disaster relief effort. The event is hosted by GR8 Miami, a new luxury concierge, entertainment and event planning company (www.GR8Miami.com).
 
"Since we heard about the earthquake in Japan and all it's consequences I wanted to do something to support the victims in Japan," Djokovic said. "I have played last week with messages posted on my knee tape supporting Japan, but this is something different since we want to raise money for the Red Cross to help people."
 
Barnabas Carrega is the co-founder of GR8 Miami.
 
"We at GR8 Miami, like others around the world, are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis facing the people of Japan, and we are grateful for the opportunity to join Novak and his fellow players in this charitable event," Carrega said. "We invite tennis fans from Miami as well as visitors in town for the Sony Ericsson Open to help us show support by coming out for this exciting event."        
 
Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting www.GR8Miami.com, e-mailing events@gr8miami.com, or calling (415) 225-5764 or (561) 706-4276. 


 
 

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