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San Pablo Elem., Deercreek C.C. in Jacksonville Receive Tennis Grants

September 8, 2010 08:56 AM
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Deercreek's Kris Gouin
 
Jacksonville and Northeast Florida has been recognized by USTA National as one of the fastest-growing areas of the country when it comes to children playing QuickStart Tennis, the new, fun format for teaching 10-and-under children. San Pablo Elementary School and Deercreek Country Club were added to the list in August when they received 'Share the Love' grants from USTA Florida for equipment to begin QuickStart Tennis programs.
 
San Pablo Elementary, a Health & Fitness Magnet school, will make QuickStart Tennis a centerpiece according to Principal Kim Bays.
 
"We are busily ramping-up the Health & Fitness Magnet programs and the 'Share the Love' grant will allow us to bring our first after-school fitness program, QuickStart Tennis, to the school," Bays said. "It will set the precedent for our focus of developing healthy minds and bodies in our students. Thank you to the USTA for launching us onto our path."
 
Deercreek Country Club is an active USTA Leagues participant, and also hosts the long-established RITA (Research is the Answer) Championship for breast cancer research, in addition to a popular Parent/Child Tournament each year.
 
"We are excited to be introducing the QuickStart format here at Deercreek Country Club," said head teaching pro Kris Gouin. "With the special QuickStart equipment and approach to teaching younger kids the game, we feel that this will help players learn faster and enjoy success earlier. This promises to be an excellent addition to the Deercreek program and we look forward to many new players joining the game."
 
QuickStart Tennis is the new USTA-approved and ITF (International Tennis Federation)-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. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of QuickStart Tennis in action go to: http://consumers.quickstarttennis.com/.
 
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.
 
"Together we can reach our mission, 'To promote and develop the game of tennis in Florida,'" said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland. "It's with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these."
 
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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