Tennis Thrives at Spanish River High
By Barbara Eisner Bayer, USTA Florida Region 8 (North Gold Coast) columnist
The future of tennis lies with our children. With that in mind, the Spanish River Community High School Foundation in Boca Raton brought together a group of committed adults at a charity event to raise money for the tennis team in May at the Addison Reserve Country Club.
For Mindy Powers (left) and Tina Guerrero, victory is
even sweeter when it's for charity
The school's tennis program has had its share of woes. Last year, the boy's varsity team claimed the title of Florida state champs -- but they had nowhere to play! The school's courts were in such terrible condition, that they were forced to play their home matches at a neighboring country club (talk about losing home court advantage.) The Foundation, established in 2003 by two committed parents, decided to do something about it.
Janet Epstein, the director of development, put together a matching gift challenge, whereby every dollar that was donated for the tennis court resurfacing project was matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation, as well as the Parent Teachers Student Association. Within six weeks, they raised the $44,000 that was necessary to fix the courts, and the tennis team came back home again. Now that's commitment!
This year's charity event had 49 participants -- 33 people who played, and 16 people who joined just for lunch. The festivities raised $5,000. Half of the proceeds will go directly to the tennis team, with the other half going to the Foundation, which will use the money to raise funds to supplement school budgets that have been severely slashed by the state government.
Dena Nathanson, one of the round robin winners, participated in the event because it's a great cause.
"Success at a sport is the key to success in life," she said. "It instills confidence, and teaches how to work as a team. It's extremely important to have it in high school, so I feel great that I could contribute to the Spanish River team."
With the new courts and some new funds in the coffers, the future of tennis at Spanish River High school looks bright.
Florida Junior Profile: Breaunna Addison, Boca Raton
By Colette Lewis, USTA Florida junior tennis columnist
Breaunna Addison, a 17-year-old Boca Raton resident, swept the singles and doubles titles at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 4 tournament in Plantation last month.
|Breaunna Addison (photo: zootennis.com)
Seeded third in the singles draw, Addison didn't lose a set on the Har-Tru courts of the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, defeating No. 4 seed Stefania Hristov of Romania 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match.
In the doubles competition, Addison teamed with Rasheeda McAdoo, daughter of Miami Heat assistant coach and National Basketball Association Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo, and the pair breezed through the draw. ITF junior doubles is played with no-ad scoring and a match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, but Addison and McAdoo never came close to losing a set, dropping only 12 games in five matches.
Seeded second, Addison and McAdoo defeated No. 4 seeds Apichaya Unglerdkriangkrai of Thailand and Maria Sharapova's cousin, Daria Sharapova of Belarus, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
With the two titles, Addison, who trains at the L'Academie de Tennis in Boynton Beach, improved her ITF junior ranking to a career-high 153. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Texas this fall.
Upcoming USPTA Tennis Certification Exams in Florida
The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) provides tennis-teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn certification by participating in certification exams scheduled nationwide in 2012. In July and August, Florida exams will be held:
-- The Oaks at Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Fla.
-- The Villages, Ocala, Fla.
-- Forestmeadows, Tallahassee, Fla.
-- The Oaks at Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Fla.
USPTA's Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, stroke and grip analysis, private and group lesson instruction, and other skills needed in the tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a two-hour written test covering teaching, playing and business management skills, rules, club activity programming and other topics. Applicants can now opt to take the written and grip exams online after completing the on-court portions of the certification test.
The exam process also offers the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I (formerly Certification Review Course) that covers test topics. The PTCA I can be taken at Regional Testing Centers, which offer tests every other month on the same weekends, or it can be taken online. The course is also useful to current USPTA members who wish to review specific exam areas before upgrading their certification ratings. Topics include student psychology, developing student rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of teaching techniques.
Contact USPTA at (800) 877-8248 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advanced registration is required. The total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus prorated USPTA membership dues.