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Tennis in Indiantown; Warfield Elem. Receives USTA Florida QuickStart Grant

August 13, 2010 01:34 PM
SharetheLove305x200Warfield Elementary School in Indiantown, Fla., will have it's 675 children all playing the QuickStart Tennis format during the 2010-11 school year after receiving a United States Tennis Association-Florida (USTA Florida) "Share the Love" grant to begin using the QuickStart Tennis format for 10-and-under children.

Located northeast of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home to world No. 1 Serena Williams and her former No. 1-ranked sister Venus, Indiantown is a rural, agricultural community in western Martin County with a largely Hispanic population.

"I'm not looking for the next Venus or Serena Williams, rather I am interested in fostering a love of the game and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle," said Elaine Zumsteg, physical education instructor at Warfield Elementary who initiated the grant application with USTA Florida.

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/.

"I am thrilled to be able to introduce QuickStart Tennis to the students at Warfield Elementary School," Zumsteg said. "Projected enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year is 675 children, so I'm looking forward to seeing every child at Warfield hit the ball!" 
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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