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QuickStart Tennis Comes to Pace, Fla., via USTA Florida 'Share the Love'

August 19, 2010 10:14 PM
pace area tennis associationThe Pace Area Tennis Association in Pace, Fla., has received a United States Tennis Association-Florida (USTA Florida) "Share the Love" grant for QuickStart Tennis equipment to begin using the QuickStart format and start league play with 10-and-under children.

Pace, located just north of Pensacola, has two hardcourts overseen by the Pace Area Tennis Association, which will be used to expand their QuickStart 10-and-under program and eventually begin a USTA Jr. Team Tennis league for children age 11-18.

"The two hardcourts are located at the Santa Rosa Sportsplex," says USTA Florida Local League Coordinator Cindy Lozier who assisted with the grant application. "The Pace Area Tennis Association was formed two years ago to pursue the construction of additional courts, including permanent QuickStart courts. A grant application with USTA National has begun and the organization is working with area county commissioners to secure funding for the project."

Lozier says there are currently no other USTA Jr. Team Tennis or QuickStart programs in the Pace area.

"Norman Lacsamana is the director of tennis and supervisor of the league play at the park," Lozier said. "Mr. Lacsamana attended a QuickStart workshop in Pensacola in July, and has solicited the help of area high school students and program volunteers in exchange for community service hours."

QuickStart Tennis is the new USTA-approved format for teaching children age 10-and-under, featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. To see a video of QuickStart Tennis in action go to: http://consumers.quickstarttennis.com/.

"Everyone is eagerly awaiting the start of the fall season and the return of the children from the summer program, as well as their friends," Lozier said.

USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign is a $500,000 initiative on top of the organization's regular annual giving to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities for the USTA Florida 'Share the Love' initiative include QuickStart Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to QuickStart courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

Share the Love grant applications are still being accepted by USTA Florida at www.USTASharetheLove.com, or questions can be e-mailed to grants@florida.usta.com. For more information on QuickStart Tennis in Florida CLICK HERE.





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