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Move Over March Madness… March Into To Tennis Is Underway!

Move over March Madness! The USTA`s campaign for “10 and Under Tennis is making a huge effort this month with their “March into Tennis” initiative.

During this month, many tennis clubs, after school programs, parks and recreation groups and Community Tennis Associations along with other assemblies will be holding youth tennis programs.

March is a perfect time for the “March into Tennis” initiative because the tennis community kicked off this month with “Tennis Night in America.” The recent publicity may help “March into Tennis” earn even greater success.

“Tennis Night in America is the perfect venue to kick off our latest youth registration efforts,” says Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “The night is sure to generate momentum for youth tennis and create excitement for spring and summer programs at facilities nationwide.”

Get your young ones involved in the game and you never know, they might just be the next Maria Sharapova or Roger Federer. The “March into Tennis” initiative offers free Tennis Festivals that offer tennis activities, games and contests for kids of all different skill levels. There are also Kids Tennis Clubs held at schools, parks, youth centers and tennis clubs which offer an introduction to the sport. Play Days are held to give juniors extra play time with a laid-back atmosphere.

If you want to  get your child involved in tennis this is perfect opportunity! Register now at the USTA`s website where you will be able to find local venues that will be fun for the whole family.

New Courts and Tennis Nets Improve Experience at San Diego`s Roosevelt IB Middle School

The Greater San Diego Tennis Council is a charitable association with goals of restoring and resurfacing tennis courts all over San Diego County. Over the recent school break, the council held a ceremony celebrating the future renovation of the tennis courts at Roosevelt IB Middle School. The Greater San Diego Tennis Council plans to make many improvements including resurfacing the courts and replacing metal nets with traditional tennis nets.

Past NBA pro, TV sportscaster and local resident of San Diego, Bill Walton was a huge supporter of the initiative and attended the ceremony. “I am proud, privileged, honored, humbled and most fortunate to be directly involved in this wonderful project,” said Walton. “We owe our children the best, and this is a huge step in the right direction.”

Not only does the Tennis Council plan remodel the run-down tennis courts, they want to change the sand-surface field to a more multi-purpose grass park. The renovations will hopefully deliver an improved environment for the students as well as the public.

The principal of Roosevelt IB Middle School expressed his excitement for the project, “It’s an honor to be a part of this collaborative effort to support academics and athleticisms.  We encourage our students to find a sport they like and become good at it so they might compete for academic and athletic scholarships to college one day.”

As of now, the tennis courts are asphalt-surfaced and the tennis nets that are presently installed are metal and possibly unsafe.

The tennis courts will be transformed into the advanced,  two-toned hard court surface and the metal nets will be replaced with conventional tennis nets. The new courts will also be lined in accordance with the USTA`s “10 and under tennis” guidelines to give the younger children a chance to learn and enjoy the game.

Ben Press, president of the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council stated, “As an alumnus of Roosevelt Middle School, I remember playing on two white cement tennis courts.  Now four tennis courts will be renovated for the enjoyment of students and community members for many years to come.”

Thanks to the generosity of the Greater San Diego Tennis Council, the San Diego District, foundations and private donors, students and community members are going to be able have an enriched experience at Roosevelt IB Middle School. Hopefully this initiative will spark the renovation of other tennis courts in San Diego and other cities.

The Junior Aces Program Brings Tennis to the Youth of Kenya

In November 2011 a tennis program was launched focused on bringing the game of tennis to less fortunate kids from the slums of western Kenya. “We shall work with kids from the slums because that’s where the tennis talents are,” said Tennis Academy director, Collins Agwanda.

This initiative, known as the Junior Aces Program was designed by the United Kingdom based Ace Coaching and the Victoria Tennis Academy. Kenya is the first African nation to profit from this program which works to develop and promote tennis skills around the globe.

Agwanda also stated his hopes on the future for this program, “Our target now is to see more than 1000 less fortunate kids across the slums in Western Kenya playing tennis daily, starting in 2012.”

This Junior Aces program is similar to the USTA`s 10 and Under youth program which also aims to offer tennis court equipment like tennis nets and courts to America`s younger athletes.

The Junior Aces program has attracted quite a bit of attention from approximately 200 youth players from different parts of Western Kenya, a member of Kenya`s parliament and 15 local schools.

According to the Ace Coaching website, the program is a rare online tennis community hoping to provide services and education for coaches, players and fans. However, this movement might be difficult because the Junior Aces program does not yet have enough tennis equipment so program coordinators are depending on public donations.

As of right now, junior players are practicing on make-shift tennis courts composed of white chalk lines on  large dirt fields and poor quality tennis nets  in the slums of Kisumu.

The Kenya Lawn Tennis Association has generously donated some racquets and tennis balls but much more equipment is needed in order to allow this program to live up to its potential in promoting youth tennis in Kenya. To contribute in any way, please contact Collins Agwanda at collinsagwanda@gmail.com.