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Tennis Star Chanda Rubin at Multicultural Training Camp in Daytona Beach

June 23, 2010 03:04 PM
Chanda Rubin
Former world No. 6-ranked Chanda Rubin will make an appearance at the 6th annual USTA Florida Multicultural Tennis Training Camp, which will be held June 24-27, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Twenty players from diverse backgrounds across Florida will participate in the camp with their parents, who will attend parent seminars on topics such as sports science, nutrition, college tennis and networking, showing parents and players alike what it takes to get to the next level in competitive junior tennis.

A breeding ground for future success, past player alumni of the USTA Florida Multicultural Training Camp include 2010 French Open junior doubles winner Sloane Stephens, current University of Florida player Sekou Bangoura, 2010 USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Boys' 16 runner-up Stephen Watson, and prospective pros and international junior title winners Sachia Vickery and Victoria Duval.

"These are kids ranked in the No. 100s and 200s looking to get to the next level. I look forward to this every year because it's the changes you see in the camp from when they arrive on Thursday and leave on Sunday," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator and Diversity Staff Liaison Shelly Licorish. "The camp is not just about hitting tennis balls, it's about helping each child reach their potential both on and off the court and providing them and their parents the tools to help along the way."

Other coaches include former national director of tennis for the USTA Rodney Harmon, men's FAMU tennis coach Dr. Carl Goodman, former Puerto Rico Davis Cup player Kelvin Rivera, and other USTA Florida Section and national coaches.

The camp is designed to provide training and development opportunities, ensuring that no player is left behind due to cultural dissimilarities. The camp also seeks to provide the tools to help each participant reach their potential on and off the court, and offers guidance in making competitive tennis rewarding. Other topics included advice on deciding between pro and college tennis for players and parents, grant and scholarship availability, and navigating the world of junior national and international tennis.






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