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Florida Tennis News: Port Orange 10-U Expands; Curtis Named Exec. Dir.

March 22, 2012 10:26 AM
Port Orange Kids Trade Video Games for 10 and Under Tennis

Airport Road 10-U signThe City of Port Orange, Fla. just south of Daytona Beach, in partnership with USTA Florida continues to expand its 10 and Under Tennis offerings in Volusia County to get kids active and off the couch.

Following a grand opening 10 and Under Tennis PlayDay last December at Airport Road Park, featuring the unveiling of permanent 36-foot and 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts, the area has now grown to offer leagues, additional PlayDays and summer camp programs.

"USTA Florida and the city are members of the 'Let's Move Volusia' coalition which is actively working to get kids moving," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Volusia County area Molly Zimmer. "It all ties back to First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' campaign which we also work with."

The courts will also be the site for 10 and Under Tennis recreational coaches training workshops held for YMCA and City of Port Orange summer camp staff. The Airport Road Park facility features eight permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts, and an additional four regular-sized courts lined for 60-foot play for children.

Margaret Lee was a parent watching over the low side fence during the facility's grand opening as her 7-year-old son rallied on the 36-foot court with a smaller age-appropriate racquet and low-compression, larger balls.

"This is his first time playing like this," Lee said. "The courts are smaller and shorter which is good, it gives him more confidence to hit the ball. They make it more available for the kids and they can rally longer."

For more information on tennis programming in the Volusia County area contact Molly Zimmer at zimmer@florida.usta.com.

Linda Curtis Named Executive Director for USTA Florida Section Foundation

Foundation-logo-mediawallUSTA Florida Section Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA Florida, has announced that Linda Curtis has been named executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Curtis previously served as the USTA Florida staff liaison to the Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 2004 and was instrumental during the development and approval of the "Play Tennis" specialty automobile license plate.

"To have Linda Curtis as the executive director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation, Inc. is another indication that the Foundation is growing in the right direction," said Foundation President Donn Davis. "I have worked with Linda for almost 15 years now so we know one another quite well. Linda brings a wealth of knowledge of management of non-profit organizations to our Foundation and we couldn't be more pleased to have her leading us."

As Executive Director, Curtis looks forward to working closely with the Foundation Board to further its mission "To improve the health and quality of life of Floridians through tennis."





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