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Kissimmee Hispanic Festival Tennis; PTR 10 and Under

August 1, 2012 09:47 AM
Family 10 and Under Tennis at Kissimmee Feria de la Famila with Telemundo
la_feria_de_la_familiaFamilies can take to the court together to play 10 and Under Tennis on Aug. 18, 2012, during the Feria de la Famila with Telemundo, held in Kissimmee, Fla.
The event is part of the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section's (USTA Florida) four-stop 'Me Gusta El Tenis' tour through Greater Orlando and Greater Miami-area cities in August-November, spotlighting the popularity of tennis in the Hispanic community.
Participants registering for the event will also be entered into a drawing to win four tickets of their choice to either the 2013 Sony Open men's and women's pro tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, or the 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships men's pro event in Delray Beach. To register for the tennis event at Feria de la Famila with Telemundo go to: http://ustatelemundofestival.eventbrite.com.
Tennis participation numbers in Florida for small children of all demographics have increased exponentially since the introduction of the 10 and Under Tennis format. 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.
"Through our continued partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Orlando, USTA Florida has continued to see growth in our youth programs as well as adult league play in Central Florida," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for Central Florida Shelly Licorish, who is organizing USTA Florida participation in the Feria de la Famila with Telemundo.

The mission of La Feria de la Familia is to address the needs of Central Florida Hispanics in an interactive and entertaining family environment. La Feria was created to serve as a unique vehicle that brings consumers a family day of information, resources and products readily available to them in the Central Florida area. Since 2005, La Feria has welcomed over 130,000 attendees and hosted hundreds of local and national companies. To register for the event go to: http://ustatelemundofestival.eventbrite.com.
Additional events on the USTA Florida 'Me Gusta El Tenis' tour will be:
Sept. 15 -- MG Tennis & City of Kissimmee Parks & Recreation Tennis Festival, Oak Street Park, Kissimmee
Sept. 22 - Hunters Creek Festival, Orlando
Oct. 20 -- Gables Hispanic Festival, Coral Gables
Nov. 11 -- Founders Day Festival, Aventura
For more information contact Shelly Licorish at licorish@florida.usta.com.

PTR Celebrates August as PTR 10 and Under Tennis Month

PTR.jpgProfessional Tennis Registry's Junior Development (10 and under) Workshops have educated and certified more than 1,000 tennis coaches since February of 2011. In honor of the milestone, PTR has named August PTR 10 and Under Tennis Month. 

During the month of August, anyone who joins PTR as a full member can take advantage of free registration for a PTR Junior Development (10 and under) Workshop (normally $120), and PTR will waive the $100 membership initiation fee, a total savings of $220.

"PTR is able to provide these fantastic discounts thanks in part to the USTA. The USTA is providing grant funds to assist with delivering these 10 and under educational workshops," said PTR CEO Dan Santorum. "This is a great deal for people who have been thinking about joining PTR and getting their tennis teaching certification. PTR membership has always been a terrific value, but this August it's even better." 

USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, Kurt Kamperman said, "The PTR Junior Development workshops build on the foundation laid in the USTA 10 and Under Tennis workshops, and they are a great way for tennis coaches to continue their education. The USTA is excited that PTR is helping build a larger pool of well-trained teachers and coaches for this very important age group."                                              ​;             

PTR President Jorge Andrew added, "As a PTR Junior Development (10 and under) Clinician, as well as a USTA Trainer for 10 and Under Tennis, I see the need for more coaches' education in this area. I am thrilled that PTR continues to encourage tennis coaches to continue their education in this very important age category."

For the workshop schedule (updated daily) go to http://isgweb.ptrtennis.org/isgweb/Events/CalendarEventsListView.aspx, or for more info on PTR visit www.ptrtennis.org.






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