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Marsh Landing C.C. in Ponte Vedra Receives USTA Florida QuickStart Grant

November 3, 2010 10:30 AM
Participants at the QuickStart Tennis Halloween Family Night at
Marsh Landing Country Club
Marsh Landing C.C. Director of Tennis
Barry Curley
Marsh Landing Country Club, a private tennis club south of Jacksonville in Ponte Vedra, has received a grant from USTA Florida for QuickStart Tennis equipment specifically for instructing 10-and-under players. The grant is through USTA Florida's 'Share the Love' campaign, a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to promote 10-and-under tennis as well as a wide range of other community initiatives.

"Quickstart fits our needs, as beginning tennis and 'tots' tennis is the clientele that we find ourselves dealing with the most," said Marsh Landing Director of Tennis Barry Curley. "We are quite excited to begin offering the QuickStart program for our junior tennis players. We now will have the materials and funding necessary to be up and running in no time, and are very appreciative of all the USTA Florida efforts towards growing the game. We are especially appreciative at how much support and how quickly the support came to our doorstep regarding QuickStart Tennis."

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.

While Marsh Landing is a private club, all its junior clinics are open to the public. The club recently held a QuickStart kick-off Halloween-themed "Family Night" which featured among other events a tennis carnival for children.

"It is so exciting to have such a prominent club in the Ponte Vedra area begin the QuickStart Tennis format of play," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Jacksonville area, Amanda Becker. "The 'Share the Love' grant will help them jump-start their program down the right path using the correct equipment and tools."

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 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, go to www.ustaflorida.com.






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