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MG Tennis Brings QuickStart, Expansion to Lake Mary Prep. Tennis in Orlando

November 15, 2010 09:33 AM
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Lake Mary Preparatory, a preK-12 school in Orlando adjacent to the Lake Mary Sports Complex, will ramp-up their during- and after-school tennis programs thanks to MG Tennis' Marcelo Gouts and a grant from the USTA Florida "Share the Love" initiative.

"The opportunity of this grant will help spark an already growing interest at the Lake Mary Preparatory School tennis program where QuickStart Tennis will become part of the during- and after-school tennis curriculum," Gouts said. "I am very excited about the opportunity of this grant that will go a long way to promote youth tennis during school hours. This program will finally take a front stage in the development of youth 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.
For almost 25 years MG Tennis has managed various tennis facilities in Orlando, and currently oversees the tennis center at Lake Cane Marsha Park, the Fort Gatlin Tennis Complex, the Orlando Fitness & Racquet Club, and implements tennis programs in partnership with the Kissimmee Department of Recreation at the Oak Street and Lakeside courts.

"MG Tennis has been committed to provide outstanding programming to the people of the greater Orlando area who enjoy the range of activities and programs available at the tennis centers," Gouts said.

USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign is a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to promote a wide range of other community initiatives.

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.

"We look forward to hearing of the further success with the tennis program and QuickStart at the Lake Mary Preparatory School," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "USTA Florida appreciates Marcelo's efforts in promoting and developing tennis in the Orlando area. 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 QuickStart Tennis in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.





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