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USTA Florida Hispanic Outreach; Innisbrook ROGY

July 30, 2013 08:46 AM

Hispanic Outreach Initiative: "Tenis para Todos" (Tennis for Everyone)

By Maria Romo-Jackson, USTA Florida Diversity & Marketing Coordinator
07-13-USTA-TENIS-PARA-TODOS-DESIGN_CONo matter what country you are from or what language you speak, USTA Florida's mission is universal: We help people play tennis.
This summer USTA Florida launched a new Hispanic Outreach initiative, "Tenis para Todos" (Tennis for Everyone) designed to bring tennis to more Hispanic communities in Central and South Florida, and I couldn't be more excited!
I understand first-hand the positive impact that tennis can have on Hispanic families and communities. Born and raised in Colombia, I was very fortunate to have been introduced to tennis at an early age. I started playing when I was five years old and it taught me discipline, hard work and social skills. When I first came to the United States, I did not speak many of the languages other kids spoke. Yet, we were able to communicate in the language of tennis. I am happy and excited to have an opportunity now to share the sport with Hispanic communities in Central and South Florida.
Increasing tennis participation in Hispanic communities is one of three strategic priorities for USTA Florida. In 2013, the organization will be focusing on growing youth and adult programs in Hillsborough, Orange, Polk, Indian River, Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
USTA Florida staff members Carla Williams (Tennis Program Coordinator Region 3), Cathy Nordlund (TPC Region 8), Janet Sprague (TPC Region 6), Shelly Licorish (TPC Region 4), and Lou Armstrong (Local League Coordinator of Broward County) are working directly with the facilities in those areas to increase and support the participation of the Hispanic community in tennis.
Gustavo Granitto (Director of GTC Tennis) and Marcelo Gouts (Director of MG Tennis) are leading the efforts to educate and provide quality training to coaches, parents, staff, volunteers and anyone interested about the benefits of joining this initiative.
USTA Florida is committed to making tennis an accessible sport to everyone. I believe "Tenis Para Todos" will give us an opportunity to do that in a big way here in Florida. My colleagues and our fantastic teaching pros and volunteers are all dedicated to providing excellent programming at facilities across the state for children and adults of all ages, levels and backgrounds, as well as starting new programming in areas with individuals of limited resources.
For more information on this new initiative and to find upcoming events, go to www.ustaflorida.com/tenisparatodos or contact me directly at romo@florida.usta.com or (954) 648-2929.

Innisbrook in Palm Harbor to Host ROGY 1-Day Tennis Tournament for Juniors

ROGY_banner_with_girlsInnisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., will host the one-day ROGY Summer Championships tournament for children age 16 and younger on Aug. 10, 2013 from 9 a.m.-noon.
"ROGY, which stands for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow tennis balls used in the 10 and Under Tennis format of play, is a brand new series of events for youth tennis players to hone their skills in a fun, no-pressure format," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Carla Williams. "These three-hour events feature fun match play for kids age 8 to 16, without the pressure of rankings."
With the ROGY format, kids use right-sized racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes, and experience fun round-robin match play with no pressure of winning or losing, or results applied to rankings.
ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to play against opponents with a similar skill level. By removing the rankings and focusing on gaining experience rather than winning, the events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate.
It is also ideal for parents who don't want the high stress and long days associated with competitive tournaments, or the obligation of playing a regular league.
The entry deadline for the event is Aug. 9, and the entry fee is $23.
For more information on ROGY, to find out if your child is ready to ROGY, or to find an event, go to the Florida ROGY website at www.floridarogy.com.





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