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GTC Tennis in Pembroke Pines Receives QuickStart Grant; Hispanic Coaches Workshop

September 16, 2010 12:43 PM
A child hits with the QuickStart green balls and age-appropriate
racquet and net
Children in the GTC Tennis program
Tennis advocate Gustavo Granitto, organizer of the popular Hispanic Coaches Workshops in South Florida and the founder of GTC Tennis Consultancy in Pembroke Pines, Fla., has been awarded a $2,000 'Share the Love' grant from USTA Florida for QuickStart Tennis equipment and player scholarships for the new "Pembroke Isles 16 & Under Tennis Initiative/10 & Under Quick Start" program. 

"Launching the Pembroke Isles 16 & Under Tennis Initiative/10 & Under Quick Start Program, we are committed to attract and retain young players, and implement a long-term project," Granitto says. "As USTA Florida says, 'Together we can reach our mission to promote and develop the game of tennis in Florida.'"

QuickStart Tennis is the new USTA-approved and ITF (International Tennis Federation)-approved format for teaching children age 10-and-under, 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 QuickStart Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com/.

Granitto's next Hispanic Coaches Workshop in South Florida, celebrating its fifth year in 2010 and also supported by USTA Florida funding, will be held Oct. 9-10 in Miami in the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center at Moore Park during the Hispanic Heritage Month. Presenters at this year's workshop include Dr. Paul Lubbers, Bobbie Bernstein, and USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth sharing an update on the impact of QuickStart Tennis in Florida. Topics will also include recreational tennis, high performance tennis, coaching philosophy and marketing of various tennis programs, with presentations both in Spanish and English upon request. For more info call (954) 804-9056, e-mail gusg@gtctennis.com or go to www.GTCTennis.com.

"It's with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland.

USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign is a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities for the USTA Florida 'Share the Love' initiative include QuickStart Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to QuickStart courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

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 QuickStart Tennis in Florida CLICK HERE.





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