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Orlando/Seminole County to Host Three 10 and Under Tennis Festivals in May

April 27, 2011 12:33 PM
mediawall-10-U-USTAFLEach May is deemed National Tennis Month, but in 2011 in the Greater Orlando area, May will become 10 and Under Tennis Month.

During the first three Saturdays of the month, tennis festivals for children age 10 and under will be held at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, and Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

Each 10 and Under Tennis Festival will be free and open to the public, and held on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. -- at Red Bug Lake Park on May 7; at Sylvan Lake Park on May 14; and at Sanlando Park on May 21. Each event will feature the USTA's new 10 and Under Tennis format, which utilizes kid-sized racquets, balls, nets and court dimensions that allow children age 10 and under to immediately rally with each other, with an emphasis on fun rather than instruction. Games, prizes, face painting, snow cones, popcorn and more will also be included.

"10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format has kids playing to learn, instead of just learning to play," said USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Coordinator for Seminole County Amy McCully. "Seminole County is very excited to get kids on the courts and into a game they can play for a lifetime."

USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action or for more information, go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.
The three events in Seminole County will officially kick-off the celebration of a $100,000 grant to the area from USTA National and the USTA Florida Section to grow 10 and Under Tennis over the course of the next three years. The grant is part of USTA national's Target Market Initiative, a $2 million investment in 20 tennis communities throughout the United States to grow the game by partnering schools districts, city/county parks and recreation, private/home schools, after-school and out-of-school programs, youth organizations, public and private tennis facilities, and existing local USTA community tennis associations.

"Leveraging these relationships with schools and parks and recreation, this will be a terrific model for the state of Florida and other parts of the country as well," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis.
The two Florida target market investments are among 20 nationally in 2011, and 100 planned by USTA National by 2013, an investment of more than $10 million to promote 10 and Under Tennis pathways in key communities. Other key USTA markets receiving grant funding in 2011, in addition to Hillsborough and Seminole counties in Florida, are San Diego and Sacramento, CA; New Orleans and Shreveport, LA; Greenville/Spartanburg, SC; Charlottesville, VA; Montgomery County, MD; Indianapolis, IN; Midland, MI; Bridgeport, CT; Harlem, NY; St. Paul, MN; Amarillo and Corpus Christi, TX; Trenton, NJ; Portland, OR; and Honolulu, HI.

For more information call Red Bug Lake Park at (407) 665-2190; Sanlando Park at (407) 665-2100; Sylvan Lake Park at (407) 665-2180; or contact Amy McCully, Seminole County 10 and Under Tennis coordinator, at amy.mccully@gmail.com or (248) 219-4651.






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