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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): JTT T-Shirt Contest; US Open Playoffs Fundraiser; More

May 15, 2012 03:03 PM
USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 2012 T-Shirt Design Contest
 
t-shirt graphicThe deadline is July 1, 2012, for submissions to the 2012 USTA Florida T-Shirt Design Contest.
 
“If your design is seriously awesome, it will be up for the community to vote on within a few days,” says USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Brown. “Voting will be on Facebook on the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis page, and by the USTA Florida committee.”
 
To vote or see submissions go to www.facebook.com/pages/USTA-Florida-Jr-Team-Tennis.
 
Designs can be painted, drawn, photographed or created entirely on a computer.
 
“Nearly any way you can think of to create artwork can be made into
a tee,” Brown says. “But no matter how you create it, your work has to be put on the computer. So make sure you scan your design at a high resolution, at least 150 dpi, if you created the image by hand. Photographing a drawing and submitting it is not recommended.”
 
High-resolution images should be saved and submitted in the jpg, gif, or png file formats.
 
To submit a design, e-mail Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com and attach the design file.
 
 
Donate to USTA Florida Staffer’s US Open Playoffs Fundraiser
 
2012USOpenFLPlayoffsTennis organizations in Florida and across the U.S. that serve at-risk children, people with disabilities and more receive funding from the USTA Florida Section Foundation and USTA Serves, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association.
 
USTA Florida staffer Rick Vach is raising money for both these organizations through his participation in the 2012 US Open Playoffs-Florida, to be held on May 26 in Clearwater, Fla.
 
“Donations can be made on a per-games-played basis or in a lump sum, with 100 percent split between these two organizations that do so much for children in Florida and across the country,” Vach said. “So my pain will be their gain. The tournament attracts players anywhere from 3.5 NTRP-ranked league players to senior players to high school players to former and current pros, so anything can happen, which makes it is a fun event.”
 
To donate on a per-games-played basis (example: $2 per games played in the event), leave a donation amount in the comments section at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/446961175332508/. To donate a lump sum, go to the fundraising page at www.crowdrise.com/USOpenPlayoffs-FloridaCharity.
 
About the USTA Florida Section Foundation
The USTA Florida Section Foundation, founded in 2004, supports tennis programs that develop self-esteem and human potential for all Floridians, regardless of age and ability. The Foundation provides grants for after-school and physical education programs for at-risk and special population children; instruction, travel and equipment grants for underprivileged, at-risk and special populations children and adults; and the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities along with tennis programming and instruction. Since 2005 the Foundation has granted more than $70,000 to community organizations in Florida.
 
About USTA Serves
USTA Serves is the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA. Its mission is to support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. Public donations have helped the USTA award more than $14 million in grants and scholarships.
 
 
Killearn in Tallahassee Hosts Tennis PlayDay for Kids, Parents
 
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Teaching pros Nathalie Phelps (far left) and Randy Hock (far right)
with PlayDay participants
Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted a USTA PlayDay on Saturday, May 12, 2012, where kids and their parents played 10 and Under Tennis.
 
Teaching pros Randy Hock and Nathalie Phelps organized the PlayDay, which featured kids playing with child-sized racquets, courts sizes and lower-bouncing balls.
 
“I had three groups of six kids – a Red Ball 36-foot (court size) group, an Orange Ball 60-foot group, and a Green Dot Ball 78-foot (regulation court size) group,” Hock said. “Parents were recruited and assigned a court.”
 
USTA national trainer Anne Davis also assisted, providing medals and 25-inch racquets, and kids received a goody bag from Costco with snacks, drinks and prizes. The event wrapped-up at 10:30 a.m. with pizza and medals for participants, and awards for Sportsmanship, Determination and Best Serve.
 
10 and Under Tennis is designed for children 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 and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
 
"It was so rewarding to see the kids who came for the first time to play being a little worried and anxious about playing matches and competing, but after playing the first few points you start to see their big smiles,” Phelps said. “By the end of the day they tell you how much they loved to play.”
 
 
Embry-Riddle’s Spennare, Paschal Receive 2012 NAIA National Tennis Awards
 
Embry Riddle Tennis web logo.jpgThe Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) this week announced its 2012 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis, including two Florida winners.
 
Player David Spennare of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, and coach Dave Paschal of Embry-Riddle was named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.
 
Spennare, having never done community service before arriving in the United States, volunteers his time with a number of different projects, from Habitat for Humanity to helping run clinics for underprivileged children. He is also a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, helping further grow his leadership skills both on and off the court.
 
Spennare has been recognized with numerous awards already in his career, including being an ITA Scholar athlete last season, and the NAIA Champions of Character Award. He currently holds a 3.92 GPA while majoring in business.
 
Paschal was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. His team is currently third in the nation, earning wins over three different NCAA Division I programs. This year's Embry-Riddle squad has also contributed more than 200 hours of community service, while recognized in the classroom with an overall team GPA of 3.3.
 
For a full list of NAIA Regional award winners, visit www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Archives.htm.
 
 
Eagle Harbor C.C. Near Jacksonville to Host 2nd Tennis4Cancer Tournament
 
tennis-4-cancer-logo_webEagle Harbor Country Club in Fleming Island, Fla., outside of Jacksonville, once again pledges it’s support to fight cancer by playing host to a 2nd annual men’s and women’s NTRP doubles tournament championship.
 
The tournament is put on by Eagle Harbor residents and volunteers, and attracts tennis players from around the Jacksonville area. This year’s tournament will once again benefit the American Cancer Society of Orange Park, and The Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise Charities. Last year’s fundraising totaled $9,513, which both charities received proceeds from.
 
Entry into the tournament is open to all USTA members. Registration must be done via www.tennis4cancer.org. The cost of entry is $60 per person, and the tournament will be limited to the first 75 teams.
 
The event will feature player gifts, prizes, raffle drawings, food, drinks and a player party on Saturday night at the Eagle Harbor Golf Club.
 
For more information go to www.tennis4cancer.org.
 
 

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