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Hillsborough Community College Receives $19K USTA Florida Grant for Tennis Complex

October 22, 2010 10:03 AM
HCC Tennis Complex
The HCC Tennis Complex prior to the current construction, featuring 16 hardcourts and 12 claycourts. The facility is located next door to George Steinbrenner Field (spring training home of the New York Yankees) and across from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Hillsborough Community College in Tampa has received a grant from USTA Florida for approximately $19,000 to be used for a facility improvement project, including permanent QuickStart Tennis courts for children 10-and-under. The grant is through USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign, a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving, and through a national USTA Public Facility grant.

"We are thrilled to support the court resurfacing and conversion of three hardcourts into QuickStart courts, along with the resurfacing of six additional courts with blended QuickStart lines," said USTA Florida President Donn Davis. "The facility's QuickStart Tennis complex will not only serve as a model for other facilities around Florida, but will provide wonderful practice and play opportunities for 10-and-under children in Hillsborough County."

QuickStart Tennis is designed for children age 10-and-under, older beginning players and senior tennis players, 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.

"A goal of the grant is to provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments, and we are happy to partner with Hillsborough Community College to help achieve this goal," said USTA National Director, Community Tennis Development, Virgil Christian. "The essence of this initiative is to assist communities in leveraging their tennis facilities to promote lifelong healthy activity, and improve their programming by advancing the latest tennis innovations for all program types. I look forward to seeing the new 36- and 60-foot [QuickStart Tennis] courts made possible in part to this USTA funding award."

The revitalization of the Hillsborough Community College Tennis Complex builds on a facility which in 1989 received the national USTA Outstanding Facility Award.

"The Hillsborough Community College Tennis Complex is a great environment to be a home for QuickStart Tennis and home of one of the largest QuickStart facilities in the country," said former tennis complex manager Chad Berryhill, one of the initiators of the grant. "The goal of HCC is education with 'Community' as their middle name, which goes hand-in-hand with the goal of USTA Florida of developing life-long tennis players. Tennis at HCC will help USTA Florida reach its mission, while USTA Florida will help restore and revitalize tennis in the Greater Tampa Bay area. This is a win-win for everyone."
 
USTA Florida's 'Share the Love' grant program helps fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times.

"Now that HCC will have the first QuickStart Tennis complex in Florida, it will be vital for the community to adopt it and for local organizers and tennis teachers to utilize it by offering structured tennis programming, such as USTA Jr. Team Tennis, at the facility," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland. "However, the best part about this new QuickStart Tennis complex is that it will allow for informal, recreational play for parents that want to play with their children but can't quite manage success on a full-size court."

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, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

 
 

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