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April 30, 2013 12:11 PM

Education in the Park Features USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis

As the sun came up over Central Florida, thousands of kids arrived at Osceola Heritage Park for a day of free family fun on Saturday, April 28, 2013. The annual Education in the Park, the largest youth-oriented event in Osceola County, is put on each year by the Osceola School District to celebrate children and education.
USTA Florida was in attendance to teach kids the fundamentals of tennis using 36-foot youth courts and orange low-compression balls, part of the 10 and Under Tennis format which makes tennis easy for those new to the game. With the help of University of Central Florida Tennis Club volunteers, kids of all ages completed drills, played games, and learned to volley with teaching pros Javier and Zulcy Reina Camargo.
"With the Radio Disney stage right next to our booth, the children had a great time dancing around to their favorite music while learning the game of tennis and having fun with their friends," said USTA Florida Intern Hillary Albertson. "Tennis is one of the few sports that you can play for life, so USTA Florida is always excited to share our love for tennis with the youth."
Education in the Park included more than 100 interactive booths showcasing all of Osceola's public schools, as well as charter schools, district-wide programs, and community youth organizations. The event also included moonwalks, a rock climbing wall, a bungee jump, face painting and balloon artists. Radio Disney AM 990 Orlando hosted a musical performance by Zack Montana, the runner-up in Radio Disney's Next Big Thing Season 4. The 14-year-old singer from the Tampa area has two singles on Radio Disney -- "Serious" and "Shorty's With Me."
For more information on 10 and Under Tennis or other youth tennis opportunities in your area, go to www.florida.usta.com/youthtennis.

Southwest Region 7 Repeats at All Star Florida High School Tennis Tournament

The team representing Southwest Florida's Region 7 (Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties) successfully defended its title last weekend at the All Star Florida High School Tennis Tournament, defeating Region 4 (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties) in the final at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.
Sixty-four of Florida's top high school tennis seniors were invited to represent the states' eight regions at the second annual co-ed event. In the final, Region 7 and coach Tony Kamen were trailing 4-2 entering the final mixed doubles when they won four games to seal the victory.
"This is a great event for high school seniors and a great way to end their careers and take with them some good memories before college," Kamen told the Marco News.
The championship Region 7 team was comprised of Shannon Etten of Barron Collier, Tristan Miller of Mariner High, Chris Barrus of Gulf Coast, and Max Belsinger of Barron Collier.
The second-place Region 4 team consisted of Alexa Aranda of Lake Mary, Aly Hall of Lake Highland, Coco Ballard of Timber Creek, Chandler Saunders of Clearmont, Rocco English of Winter Park, Mattias Hartman of Melbourne and Nick Lofrumento of Coco Beach.
Next year the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association will increase the regional representation from eight to 16 regions.

Sarasota Residents Rally Petition to Save H.S. Tennis Courts

advocacy-handbook-web.jpgLocal Sarasota residents are petitioning to save the eight tennis courts at Sarasota High School after word got out that there was a plan to demolish them this summer to create a new bus loop.
The online petition, "Stop the demolition of the tennis courts at Sarasota High School. Keep the Courts." has been created with plans to eventually present to local government.
"These courts have been a valuable community resource for many years, providing exercise and recreation for thousands of people, from the surrounding neighborhoods and throughout the area," reads the petition. "Many Sarasota High School tennis teams have trained and played on them. Many other school teams have played there. This is the only set of eight public courts in the County. The demolition of these courts, which cost a lot to build and have only recently been resurfaced, is a waste of taxpayer money. The demolition of these courts, in order to provide a new bus loop, so that Sarasota High School's existing combined bus loop/Parent dropoff can become an exclusive parent dropoff, is a misguided use of public resources..."
To read more or to sign the petition in support, go to http://signon.org/sign/keep-the-tennis-courts?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=7665415.





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