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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Pink Out for Fighting Women's Cancer; More

July 16, 2013 10:53 AM

USTA Florida Joins Women Playing for T.I.M.E. in 'Pink Out' for Women's Cancer

women-playing-for-time-2013By Laura Bowen, Director of Marketing, Membership and Sponsorship
Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe in pink...I believe tomorrow is another day. I believe in miracles."
At USTA Florida, we couldn't agree more. We know that tennis changes people's lives. We see it every day. We have heard countless stories from our members about how tennis has given them the tools, support, strength and courage to tackle life's toughest challenges.
That's why we devote so much of our time (and more than 90 percent of our membership dollars) to growing tennis in communities across the state.
We are extremely excited and proud to join with Women Playing For T.I.M.E. (Technology, Immediate diagnosis, Mammography, Education) as a sponsor of their "20 Sites for 20 Years" tennis tournaments this fall. Through this partnership, USTA Florida will be hosting the first-ever PINK OUT this October in support of women's cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.
Here's how you can participate:
"20 Sites for 20 Years" -- Register to play at one of these events and you'll meet some great friends and score an exclusive pink USTA Florida tennis towel. If you join USTA Florida or renew your membership at the event, we'll give you a pink long-sleeve USTA Florida shirt.
Code PINK -- Not able to play? You can still support the cause. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, USTA Florida will donate $10 to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando for every USTA Florida resident who joins USTA or renews a membership using the code "PINK." Go to www.USTAFlorida.com for details.
#PINKOUT -- Throughout the month of October, USTA Florida will be turning our social media PINK to raise awareness about the cause. Show your support by using our special profile icon and use the hashtag #PINKOUT to share your story on Facebook and Twitter. For details, visit www.USTAFlorida.com and www.Facebook.com/USTAFlorida.
So, get your pink on this fall and join USTA Florida and WPFT as we join forces to end women's cancer. We believe in miracles, and we thank all of you for making them possible through tennis.
Find a tournament near you! Visit www.womenplayingfortime.org/activities/tennis/default.aspx or contact Lynda.Canatay@orlandohealth.com, or call (321) 841-2272 for more information.

USTA Teams with PTR, USPTA for Youth Coaching Education Curriculum

USTA-PTA-USPTA-logoThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that it is developing an educational curriculum, consisting of a series of courses and workshops, that focuses on the development of young players.
The USTA will work in collaboration with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), in developing the curriculum, which will serve as part of the pathway to PTR and USPTA certification. The three associations will use their partnership to effectively raise the level of coaching in the U.S. and enhance the teaching process and long-term development of children in the sport.
The program is set to launch in January 2014.
"Continuing to elevate the level of tennis instruction in the United States, especially at the youth tennis level, will be invaluable in fostering our young players," said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. "In addition, these efforts will assist with improving the quality and standards of teaching tennis to our youth."
The program will consist of two stages of course work, which will include interactive and engaging online courses and tests. In addition, the program includes a 10 and Under Tennis workshop that will provide proper fundamentals and skill development progression for teaching professionals.
The USTA's 10 and Under Tennis initiative is geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis by using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child's size. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.
"This important partnership and commitment among our organizations will positively impact how we develop and grow the sport among our nation's youth," said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. "We believe this unified front will be vital in helping coaches across the country improve their understanding and approach to teaching tennis to kids."
The program will establish a set of standards for tennis teachers and coaches so that children will be taught the proper fundamentals of the game. The combined resources and industry support serves as a tremendous opportunity for tennis in this U.S.
"10 and Under Tennis has been a priority for PTR even before the rule change," said Dan Santorum, CEO, PTR. "This cooperation should result in more tennis teaching professionals becoming educated and certified to coach 10 and Under Tennis so we can continue to grow the game."
"Continuing education will only strengthen the tennis industry, especially at the grass roots level," said Tom Daglis, USPTA national president. "Tennis teaching professionals play a major role in delivering tennis programs to the consumer and the development of a sound educational curriculum will enhance that role and become a vital component in growing the sport."





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