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Military Children Play 10 and Under Tennis During Orlando Soldier Reintegration Program

May 4, 2012 12:00 PM
Military children, their families and friends were introduced to 10 and Under Tennis on April 28, 2012, in Orlando when more than 560 service members, family members and children participated in the 81st RSC "Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program" (YRRP).

The YRRP is a mandatory 30, 60, and 90-day post deployment event for soldiers, where each soldier may bring family, friends, parents, or others to participate. Soldiers are required to attend seminars such as Financial Readiness, Medical/Dental Care, Combat Stress, Family Programs, and Life Consultants among others.

"While their parents were in seminars, USTA Florida provided tennis to their children," said USTA Florida Orlando-area Tennis Program Coordinator Shelly Licorish. "Typically, the kids at these events don't have anything to do while there. The soldiers and their families were so thankful, and it is was a truly heart-warming experience for everyone."

Children also received free USTA 10 and Under Tennis memberships and information on local programs.

"The tennis event was a big hit," said Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services Youth Services Specialist Jennifer Stevens, 81st Regional Support Command. "We had a lot going on that day, because of Month of the Military Child, and the tennis carnival was a very nice addition. Parents and children as well as our command leadership were very pleased."

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a Department of Defense-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, and their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. Reintegration during post-deployment is a critical time for members of the Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and members of their units. 

USTA Florida will host additional YRRP 10 and Under Tennis days on May 11-13, and June 8-10 in Orlando. 





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