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Sinai Academy in N. Miami Beach Receives USTA Florida QuickStart Tennis Grant

September 24, 2010 07:36 AM
QuickStart Tennis
QuickStart Tennis for 10-and-under children is coming to the Sinai Academy in North Miami Beach after an equipment grant from USTA Florida's 'Share the Love' campaign. The "Play Tennis Make Friends" program will be run at Sinai Academy, "A Reform Congregation Nurturing Souls for a Fuller Jewish Life," under the auspices of Solutions Educational & Psychological Services.
 
"QuickStart Tennis comes to Sinai Academy! We aim to incorporate the QuickStart Tennis format of play to fit the size and abilities of children in kindergarten through 5th grade," said Paul Dolnick, clinical director of Solutions Educational & Psychological Services. "This unique after-school program will incorporate the nurturing of children to improve their self-esteem, social skills and the spirit of positive athletics, enhancing children's interest in tennis while also encouraging them to become more confident individuals."
 
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://10andundertennis.usta.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 USTA 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.
 
"It's with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland.
 
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, go to www.ustaflorida.com.
 
 

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