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October 26, 2011 09:27 AM
Sign Petition to Help Keep Tennis, Sports, Physical Education in K-12 Schools

QuickStart-Mal KidsThe Sporting Good Manufacturers Association (SGMA) is asking for help in supporting the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) for the 2012-2013 school year, which provides for physical education (PE) programs in schools.

This year the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recommended funding the $78 million PEP program, but now house republicans and the president are now trying to "cut PEP off at the knees," says the SGMA. The house has proposed eliminating PEP funds, and the U.S. Department of Education wants to consolidate PEP with counseling programs and let states decide how to allocate the consolidated funds.

"Congress needs to understand that PEP is not dodgeball, and generic physical activity is no substitute for quality physical education," said Bill Sells, SGMA's vice president of government relations. "The quality physical education provided with the PEP grant is critical to the physical well-being, academic achievement and social development of young people. Without dedicated PE funding, schools will not have the resources necessary to train teachers and purchase equipment needed for quality PE."

Introduced in 2001 by SGMA and PE4life, PEP has provided more than $700 million in physical education funding to schools and community-based organizations to implement and expand quality physical education programs for students in grades K-12. PEP results are showing that access to quality P.E. can teach children valuable lifelong health-through-fitness lessons and habits, and can help save lives.

Help save PEP and P.E. in schools. Take action by clicking this link to send a letter to congress today requesting continued funding of PEP:

Jacksonville Area Offers High School Tennis Prep League

JTTFallMidtown Giants  18 AThe Jacksonville area will again offer area high school tennis players a chance to sharpen their games prior to the 2012 high school tennis try-outs with the USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18-under intermediate and advanced leagues, beginning January 2012.

"Last season there were nine teams with 65 players, and we expect more teams for the 2012 season," said Jacksonville-area USTA Jr. Team Tennis Coordinator Diana Gardner. "There is lots of great competition with both the intermediate and advanced divisions."

The deadline for entry is Dec. 19, 2011, with play beginning Jan. 6 through Jan. 29, 2012, on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The team format is four singles and two doubles, co-ed, with 8-game pro sets.

Players must be current USTA members and age eligible through Aug. 31, 2012. The program fee is $30 paid on-line after team numbers are released, and the fee includes t-shirts, balls and awards.

As a bonus, teams with a minimum three boys and three girls participating locally will be eligible to enter and compete at the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional tournament (qualified for the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships) in July 2012.

The captains meetings for all 2012 First Coast USTA Jr. Team Tennis flights will be held on Monday, Nov. 14 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Southeast Library off of Gate Parkway.

For more information or to enter contact Diana Gardner at jrtennisjax@yahoo.com.

USTA National Women's 50s Clay Court Championships begin at BallenIsles
BallenIsles logo.jpgBallenIsles Country Club will feature top-level tennis action this week as host of the USTA National Women's 50 Clay Court Championships, Oct. 26-30, 2011, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., culminating with the finals on Sunday at 10 a.m.

"National top-ranking 50-and-over women players competing include the No. 1 seed Fran Chandler from Jackson, Tennessee who is unbeaten this year. Chandler and her partner, Myke Loomis from Naples, Florida, are also seeded No. 2 in the doubles division," said Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner. "The singles No. 2 seed is Diane Fishburne who has done very well for many years on the courts at BallenIsles at many of our senior women's international events. Our local players will also participate for the prestigious gold balls which signify a national champion. They include the No. 5 seed Julie Farina of Palm Beach Gardens, and Shula Feuer and Elaine Knapp from West Palm Beach."

The BallenIsles tennis director will also play in the tournament alongside a former student, Marianne Caplan from Harrisburg, Penn. USPTA professionals Judi Stiff and Frances O'Sullivan from Boynton Beach will also compete in the doubles.

Admission is free but all interested spectators must contact the BallenIsles Tennis Shop for gate access and for daily match schedules at (561) 625-5707.

"We're honored to be selected as the host club for both the upcoming USTA National Women's 50 Clay Court Championships and the USTA National Women's 40, held earlier this year. These events on our world-class stadium facility allow our members and guests to watch a level of play that is the very best in the U.S.," Faulkner said.

For more info go to www.ballenisles.com/clubten.html.






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