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June 26, 2013 09:48 AM

Ultimate 10-U Tennis Conference in Aug. Presented by USPTA/PTR/USTA

10andunderlogo_4cMark your calendar for the ultimate conference for developing young tennis players to be held on Aug. 12-13, 2013 in Boca Raton, Fla., when USPTA Florida (the United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Section), the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry), and USTA Florida present "Develop Your 10 and Under Players and Programs" at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
The conference, in partnership also with the Blackman Tennis Academy, will feature coaching/teaching presentations from world-renowned speakers on topics such as how to work with 10-and-under players, growing your business, and player competencies.
Confirmed international speakers for the conference are Wayne Elderton (Canada), Simon Gale (U.S.), Laramie Gavin (U.S.), Rita Gladstone (USTA Florida), Patrick McEnroe (USTA national), Craig Morris (Australia), Anne Pankhurst (England), Bernard Pestre (France), and Butch Staples (U.S.).
"The USTA wants more people on more courts in more places," Patrick McEnroe, the USTA's national general manager for player development, has said regarding 10 and Under Tennis growing the sport and developing future champions. "Tennis is indeed a sport that grows upward from its grass roots, and by making the sport easier for kids to play and enjoy, they're much more likely to get involved in it and stick to it...We've only begun to scratch the surface of our potential."
The two-day conference rate is $150 for USPTA/PTR members and $180 for non-members, with a daily rate of $90 for USPTA/PTR members and $100 for non-members.
The two-day rate and the daily rate include daily lunches. Hotel rates at the Boca Raton Resort and Club are $125/night plus tax.

Jacksonville's Mal Washington Kids Foundation Receives USTA Serves Tennis Grant

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The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla., was this week announced as part of 38 nation-wide awards to community tennis and education organizations totaling approximately $324,000 from USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.
"USTA Serves is delighted to award these deserving tennis programs for their commitment to positively-enriching the lives of the youth in their communities through tennis and education," said USTA Serves Executive Director Dan Faber. "Education is key to fostering growth and success in life, while a healthy lifestyle is a key ingredient to longevity."
The bi-annual USTA Serves grant process was established to award organizations that provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills, and help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation promotes academic achievement and positive life skills to Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis, correlating success on the court with success in life. In after-school programs the foundation fosters leadership, sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, accountability and the value of hard work, teamwork and individual effort.
The MaliVai Washington Youth Center at Emmett Reed Park near downtown Jacksonville is a $3 million facility complete with eight hardcourts, three permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts, a basketball court, library, classrooms, teen room, multi-media center, fitness room, kitchen, as well as MWKF administrative offices. MWKF launched its flagship program, TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) in 2000.
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence. For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.usta.com/foundation.





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