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Port Orange's Smith Invited to USTA Wheelchair Tennis Camp

July 2, 2014 02:02 PM
SmithPort Orange's Auburn Smith will next week participate in the USTA-ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif. She is the lone Florida youth invitee of 17 top wheelchair tennis athletes from across the U.S., with an additional 13 international participants on July 6-14, 2014.
 
The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion for youth ages 12-18 who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports, including tennis.
 
This year's camp will include players from nine different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.
 
Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament.

Campers also will receive world-class instruction from USTA National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis Dan James, USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Head Coach Jason Harnett, and other esteemed wheelchair tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios. 
 
"We are always proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes from all over the world who want to develop their games and meet new players," James said. "This is an incredibly unique opportunity for these athletes to play the sport they enjoy and gives them the opportunity to make lasting friendships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come."
 
The clinic is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.
 
U.S. Athletes:

Martha Childress (Simpsonville, SC)
Jose Estrada (San Diego)
Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego)
Jesus Hernandez (Sylmar, CA)
Almaz Holt (Downey, CA)
Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, UT)
Reo Kobayashi (Los Angeles)
Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, CO)
Nathan Melnyk (Centerport, NY)
Colleen Moen (San Diego)
Brianna Pievac (San Diego)
Efrain Precaido (Hemet, CA)
Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, KS)
Alex Saporito (Prairieville, LA)
Paul Shin (Los Angeles)
Auburn Smith (Port Orange, FL)
Conner Stroud (Ruthenfordton, NC)
 
International Athletes:

Tomas Bourassa (Canada)
Luisa Castrillon (Colombia)
Ignacio Colotta (Argentina)
Jose Daniel Giron (Guatemala)
Juan Sebastian Diaz Gomez (Colombia)
Natalia Gonzalez (Mexico)
Piusand Lai (Canada)
Facundo Palacio (Argentina)
Antonella Pralong (Argentina)
Alejandro Rojas (Mexico)
Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)
Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)
Luigy Yesid Nieves Wintago (Colombia)

For more information go to www.usta.com.
 
 

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