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May 9, 2013 10:21 AM

U.S. Davis Cup Donates to Jacksonville Tennis

The Davis Cup competition not only focused the tennis world on Jacksonville, Fla., in February when the U.S. hosted Brazil for the first time ever in North Florida. It also benefited local junior tennis programs when the USTA donated 15 cases of tennis balls to local community tennis associations and renovated a tennis facility.
Three official USTA Community Tennis Associations (CTAs) -- the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Jax Youth Tennis, and the First Coast Tennis Foundation -- all received cases of balls for their junior programs.
"Thank you to USTA Florida and USTA national for the donated balls," said First Coast Tennis Foundation Director of Tennis Jamie Booras. "Tennis balls are a large expense and the First Coast Tennis Foundation appreciates every savings it can find."
The U.S. Davis Cup team edged Brazil 3-2 on Feb. 1-3 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena when Sam Querrey won the fifth and deciding singles match, coming from a set down to defeat inspired Brazilian Thiago Alves.
"The Davis Cup in Jacksonville was a great opportunity for North Florida tennis fans to see the competition first-hand for the first time," said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "Our Jacksonville-area CTAs benefiting from the new cases of tennis balls left over from the event is a bonus for these programs and a generous gift from USTA national."
Another USTA benefit to Jacksonville was the Davis Cup Legacy program, which is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy in communities that host Davis Cup ties in the United States. A USTA grant refurbished courts at the urban Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility in Jacksonville, converting a traditional 78-foot court into four 36-foot courts for children playing the 10 and Under Tennis format. Seven other courts were resurfaced and had blended lines placed on the courts to make them compatible for 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis play.
The Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association (JYTA) is a single-purpose community tennis organization working to support and maintain tennis programs and services for children in the public communities of Jacksonville. The CTA was founded by Jacksonville resident and former USTA Florida President Celia Rehm, and works with the City of Jacksonville and other local entities to provide junior tennis programming. For more information go to www.jaxyouthtennis.com.
The First Coast Tennis Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1995. The goal of the FCTF is to make available to everyone in the First Coast area opportunities to learn and play tennis. The FCTF works in cooperation with the USPTA, the USTA, the Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association, First Coast-area neighborhoods, county parks and recreation departments, and First Coast-area school systems. For more information go to www.firstcoasttennis.com.
The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation's mission is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities. The MaliVai Washington Youth Center at Emmett Reed Park is a $3 million facility complete with eight tennis courts, three permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts, a basketball court, library, classrooms, teen room, multi-media center, fitness room, kitchen, as well as MWKF administrative offices. MWKF launched its flagship after-school program, TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) in 2000. For more information go to www.malwashington.com.
For more information on USTA Florida Community Tennis Associations go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/community_tennis_associations.

Boynton Beach, Fla., Hosts Youth Tennis Carnival at Hunters Run

By Stanley Walker, special to USTA Florida
With so many people of all ages playing tennis throughout South Florida, it is proof that the game can be played for a lifetime. But when you are a young child, how do you get started?
Through a unique program launched 10 years ago, the Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department, its Education & Youth Advisory Board, and Hunters Run Golf & Racquet Club conducted a Youth Tennis Carnival on the Hunters Run courts for kids of all ages.
The event was the idea of Phyllis Stern, a longtime Hunters Run member and tennis player, and a member of the Education & Youth Advisory Board. The primary goal is introduce children, some who have never even picked up a racket, to the game of tennis.
Over the years, the event has been held seven times. Hunters Run residents have donated old rackets, as well as tennis trophies, while Director of Tennis Dave Cordrey and his entire staff work hard and use all their resources to make this a fun and educational experience for the kids.
Last Saturday, 20 local children, ages 5-14, took part in the Tennis Carnival, which is free of charge. Each picked out a racket, was assigned one of three courts, and started to learn the basics of tennis for the first time. On the courts with Cordrey were Hunters Run pro Madeleine Hakala, Dave's son Carlyle, John Barwick, Drew Hafets and Felix Raymond of the tennis staff, and other volunteers, all helping the kids.
"As we know at Hunters Run, it is a game that can be played for a lifetime," Cordrey said. "We hope this will at least get them started in a relaxed, fun event."
Proud parents, city officials, and Hunters Run members were in attendance to watch the Tennis Carnival.
"The City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department and the Education & Youth Advisory Board value the partnership we have with Hunters Run, and appreciate Mr. Cordrey and all the tennis pros who so generously donate their time and talent to make this event happen," said Sherri Claude, assistant to the recreation and parks director.





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