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USTA Unveils ‘Strategic Vision’ for NTC
On June 14, the USTA, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Queens borough officials released details of a proposed strategic vision for future development at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the site of the US Open.
The strategic vision — a series of interconnected construction projects that include building developments, infrastructure upgrades and improvements to site circulation — aims to enhance the current conditions at the NTC and preserve its stature as a world-class venue, the USTA said in a statement. The project, expected to develop throughout a multi-year period and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, will be undertaken by the USTA, which will investigate a multitude of potential financing options. The strategic vision does not include plans for a roof over the main tennis venue, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The project will primarily entail the replacement and renovation of aging facilities and infrastructures and will enable the facility to accommodate an extra 10,000 people each day during the US Open. Since 1978, the USTA has invested more than $500 million of its own funds into the NTC.
“The US Open is one of the city’s greatest sporting events, and it generates more than $750 million a year in economic activity,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The city recognizes the crucial need to improve the USTA facility and supports this vision, so that the center remains a top-ranked tennis venue capable of hosting the US Open, and thereby allowing the tournament to remain in New York City for many decades.”
“Our goal remains to ensure that the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center remains a world-class facility for the top professional tennis players, for the hundreds of thousands of fans who annually attend the US Open, and, as importantly, the near hundred thousand recreational tennis players who use this facility all year round,” said Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA.
Most notably, the project calls for the construction of two new stadiums, one to replace the aging Louis Armstrong Stadium in its current location at the northeast corner of the site, and the other a new Grandstand Stadium, built in a different location at the southwest corner.
Seven tournament courts on the southern section of the site will be relocated between 30-50 feet, and a new walkway will be built. Two parking garages will be constructed over existing parking lots, and seven courts on the northwest section — five practice and two tournament — will be replaced and linked by a new, elevated viewing platform. For more information, visit usta.com.
PTR to Host New Directors of Tennis Conference
The PTR will hold its inaugural Directors of Tennis Conference Oct. 16-18 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The conference, limited to 75 attendees from the U.S., its territories and Canada, will be the first in North America targeted specifically to directors of tennis.
The format will include experts presenting for one hour at a time on a variety of topics relevant to directors at all types of tennis facilities. Each day will close with roundtable discussions, so attendees can share their best practices. The faculty will include directors of tennis and consultants Doug Cash, Jorge Andrew, Roy Barth, David Brouwer, Michael Mahoney, Mark McMahon and others.
“We spoke with representatives in the tennis industry about the need to offer more of a business track dedicated to helping directors of tennis,” said Dan Santorum, CEO of PTR. “We believe this will strengthen our profession, tennis facilities and our sport.”
“The TIA is looking forward to being involved and to providing an update of where our industry is right now and where we believe it is headed,” said Jolyn de Boer, TIA Executive Director. “We applaud PTR for its ongoing effort to offer continuing education and training.” In addition, the USTA will host a luncheon and Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, will be one of the keynote speakers.
To register, call the PTR at 843-785-7244.
USPTA World Conference Sept. 16-21 in Calif.
The 2012 USPTA World Conference on Tennis will be Sept. 16-21 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif. More than 1,500 tennis-teaching professionals, industry leaders and representatives, media and manufacturer representatives are expected to attend.
In addition to presentations, seminars and other educational offerings, the World Conference will feature a Tennis Buying Show on Sept. 19. Exhibitors include tennis equipment, apparel and footwear companies, marketers and wholesalers of hard and soft goods, video analysis, Web-based programs and software, teaching aids, court surfacing and lighting, awards, educational materials, nutrition bars and vitamins, and more. There also will be a USPTA Silent Auction during the Buying Show, which benefits the USPTA Foundation.
The World Conference also will offer Cardio Tennis and TennisCize sessions, the USPTA International Championships and the annual Awards Breakfast. For more information, including to register, visit usptaworldconference.com or call 800-877-8248.
12 Named to U.S. Olympic Tennis Team
Twelve tennis players were nominated to play for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympic Games, to be held on grass courts July 28 to Aug. 5 in London. U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez nominated Serena Williams, Christina McHale, Varvara Lepchenko and Venus Williams for singles and Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond for doubles. Men’s coach Jay Berger nominated Andy Roddick, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, and doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan.
The U.S. will also nominate two teams in mixed doubles, which will be contested at the Olympics for the first time since tennis returned to the Games in 1988, comprised from among the 12 players and named once all players are on site.
Also, USTA and U.S. National Wheelchair Tennis Team Coach Dan James announced nine players who will represent the U.S. in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Sept. 1-8. The men’s team will be Stephen Welch, Jon Rydberg, Steve Baldwin and Noah Yablong. The women’s team will be Emmy Kaiser and Mackenzie Soldan. The quad team, led by two-time doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor, will also include Bryan Barten.
New 10U Products from Oncourt Offcourt
PTR and USPTA Master Pro Joe Dinoffer announced the release of a new, patented 18-foot portable net system for 10 and Under Tennis. The MultiNet features a built-in scorekeeper, quick set-up hinged legs, a built-in Airzone with telescoping end poles and more.
Dinoffer says Oncourt Offcourt is also launching other new products this year for 10 and Under Tennis, such as numbered, colored balls in cans, a line of color-coded junior racquets, red and orange boundary lines for red and orange level courts, and a new cart with removable color-coded baskets. For information, visit oncourtoffcourt.com or call 888-366-4711.
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Congratulations To the Following For Achieving MRT and CS Status
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Industry Loses Former USTA ED Lee Hamilton
Former USTA Executive Director Lee Hamilton of Dallas passed away on June 15. Hamilton served a variety of roles at the community, section and national levels, and was a former president of the USTA Texas Section. He was executive director of the USTA from 2003 to 2007.
“Lee was a passionate advocate for our sport, and his great vision, remarkable consensus-building skills, and good humor played a large role in guiding the growth of our association and of the sport we all love,” said USTA President and Chairman of the Board Jon Vegosen.
Following a successful career in the oil industry, Hamilton brought his talents to tennis. He served as president of Community Tennis Associations in both Houston and Dallas before serving on the board of the USTA Texas Section. As USTA executive director, Hamilton played a leading role in the growth of the game and the health and vitality of the USTA. He was inducted into the USTA Texas Hall of Fame in 2009.
Licensing Deal Reached with New ‘Prince Americas’
The operating assets of Prince Sports, including exclusive rights to the Prince, Ektelon and Viking brands in North America, have been acquired by the newly formed Active Brands Co. and its new wholly owned subsidiary, Prince Americas.
Prince Americas will exclusively operate and manage the production and distribution of all products and services associated with Prince, Ektelon and Viking in North America, Latin America and South America through the existing Prince Sports facility in Bordentown, N.J. The term of the agreement is for 10 years with three renewal options. A statement from Prince Sports says the company anticipates entering into license agreements covering Europe, Asia, Australia and other areas in the near future.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the license agreement with Prince Americas on June 19, then followed that with approval of the Disclosure Statement for the company’s Plan of Reorganization. The Court’s rulings were a result of an agreement reached between Prince Sports, its secured lender ABG Prince (which is owned by Authentic Brands Group) and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
“The agreement with our major creditors on the key terms of a Plan of Reorganization and their joint support for the license agreement with Prince Americas is a major step toward Prince’s emergence from Chapter 11,” said Prince Sports’ CEO Gordon Boggis. “Given the support of our major creditors, we are confident that with Prince Americas we will return to normal order levels with our suppliers and our customers, getting our business and our world-class brands back on track.”
Active Brands Co. was formed by the principals of two Omaha-based companies, Battle Sports Science and Waitt Co. Battle Sports Science was formed in 2009 and previously had focused on safety equipment for sports such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey. Waitt Co. is a diversified investment company that is now a majority owner. Active Brands is now the umbrella company for both Prince Americas and Battle Sports Science. The co-founder of Battle Sports, Chris Circo, is the CEO of Active Brands.
“This is a very significant event in the growth of our company, as the Prince, Ektelon, and Viking brands are prominent and highly regarded properties with tremendous potential for growth,” said Circo. “We are excited to grow our relationships with our retail and manufacturing partners as we look to deepen and expand the Prince, Ektelon and Viking brands through delivering quality products, accessories and service.”
TIA, Rocchi, Crandall To Be at GSS Symposium
The Tennis Industry Association will have a presence at the 2012 GSS Symposium, offering information about the state of the tennis industry and an overview of where the industry is headed. The TIA also will provide attendees with information about TIA benefits and services that can help their businesses.
The sixth annual GSS Symposium, aimed at those who work in the racquet service side of the business, will be held Sept. 22-26 at Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa. In addition to presentations over the course of the five days, GSS founder and owner Tim Strawn says he will set aside time Saturday, Sept. 22, late afternoon/early evening, for a roundtable discussion with attendees and manufacturers about how to increase business overall in the stringing segment of the industry.
Also set to deliver presentations at this year’s GSS Symposium is Ron Rocchi of Wilson and Steve Crandall of Ashaway Line & Twine. Rocchi, a principal designer at Wilson, will offer an insider’s look into the racquet manufacturing process. Crandall will offer a presentation on one of the most popular yet misunderstood strings in tennis: polyester.
“Steve has a unique approach when it comes to explaining strings and application in layman’s terms, which fits well with the overall concept of the symposium,” Strawn says. “Polyester strings present some big challenges for technicians with regard to selection, hybrid configurations and installation, and Crandall will be addressing all of these issues.”
For more information and to register, visit gssalliance.com, or email Strawn at email@example.com.
- Florida resident and former world No. 4-ranked ATP pro Todd Martin will serve as the USTA Florida Section’s first spokesperson for 10 and Under Tennis. Martin and his wife Amy have two sons and a daughter under the age of 10.
- Browder McGill is the new Southeast territory manager for Dunlop. He will handle racquet sports accounts throughout inland Georgia, South Carolina (excluding Charleston and Hilton Head), Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. McGill, who will be based in Atlanta, will be responsible for managing the sales and promotion of the Dunlop brand throughout the territory, including Dunlop’s Advisory Staff program.
- The Hon. Robert J. Kelleher, who was president of the USLTA in 1967-’68 and a driving force in ushering in the Open era of tennis, died in June at age 99. Judge Kelleher, a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.
- French Open finalist Sara Errani reportedly paid $30,000 to buy out her Wilson contract and switch over to a longer Babolat frame. Despite her final-round loss to Maria Sharapova, Errani debuted in the WTA top 10 after Roland Garros.
- The wild-card team of Britain’s Jonathan Marray and Danish partner Frederick Nielsen won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title. Marray, the first British man to win a title at Wimbledon since 1936, plays with a Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour frame.
- Wilson players Roger Federer and Serena Williams took the singles titles at Wimbledon. Federer, playing with a Pro Staff Six.One 90, won his seventh Wimbledon crown and 17th Grand Slam title, defeating Andy Murray. Williams, with a Blade Team racquet, defeated Agnieszka Radwanska en route to her fifth Wimbledon and 14th career Grand Slam title. Williams teamed with sister Venus to win the doubles crown.
- Barry MacKay, a world-class tennis player in the 1960s and a longtime sports broadcaster, died June 15 in San Francisco after a long illness. MacKay competed on five U.S. Davis Cup teams from 1956-’60 and reached the 1959 Wimbledon semis. He was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 1960.
- Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs and USC’s Steve Johnson have been named the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year. Additionally, Gibbs and doubles partner Mallory Burdette were named the Campbell/ITA National Women’s Doubles Team of the Year, while Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola of Ohio State were honored on the men’s side.
- USTA Middle States will induct four into the 2012 section Hall of Fame in October: Laura Canfield, Lisa Duncan, Bill Humes and Bruce Kisthardt.
- Pro player David Nalbandian was fined $12,500 and docked 150 ranking points after he kicked an advertising sign in frustration at the Queen’s Club tournament in June, which accidentally cut the shin of a linesman.
- The ATP announced several promotions. Mark Young continues as CEO ATP Americas and Chief Legal Officer, and also becomes the ATP’s Chief Media Officer. Laurent Delanney assumes the role of ATP Commercial Director, in addition to his existing role as CEO ATP Europe. Andre Silva becomes Tournament Director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and continues in his role as Chief Player Officer. Alison Lee takes the interim position as head of the International Group region.
- Cheryl Jones and Mark Winters, both from Los Angeles, received the International Tennis Writers Award at the annual Press Dinner held during the Gerry Weber Open in Germany in June.
- USTA Middle States announced that George Parnell, currently Board of Directors Senior Vice President, will take over as President and will serve the Section for the remainder of 2012.
- Gary Lang is the new vice president, production, for the Tennis Channel.
- Certified USTA Official and longtime volunteer Jim Russell of Belton, S.C., passed away June 26. He was a former president of the South Carolina Tennis Association.
- Longtime Corpus Christi Tennis Association Board member and tennis referee Billy Fuls died June 7. Fuls received the distinguished Texas Tennis Associations Umpire of the Year Award in 2011-2012.
Ashaway Renames Zyex MonoGut to ‘MonoGut ZX’
Ashaway Racket Strings has renamed the recently introduced Zyex MonoGut tennis string as MonoGut ZX. The early version of the string has gained popularity for its dynamic stiffness and gut-like playability, says the company. In addition to its resilience, the newly dubbed 1.27 mm MonoGut ZX has improved abrasion resistance and a surface design that minimizes string movement for better ball control, according to Ashaway.
“Like natural gut, MonoGut ZX string provides exceptional energy return,” said Steve Crandall, vice president of Ashaway Racket Strings, “This means more power. Also like gut, MonoGut ZX remains soft at higher tensions, reducing impact shock. This results in more comfortable performance — what we call ‘soft power.’ MonoGut ZX contains no polyester, and its 100% Zyex monofilament construction maximizes abrasion resistance and enhances string life.”
A natural gut-like tan in appearance, MonoGut ZX is available in 40-foot sets and in both 360- and 720-foot reels. Recommended stringing tension is up to 60 lbs. Visit ashawayusa.com.
Dunlop Updates Classic Max 200G with Biomimetics
Dunlop has updated its classic Max 200G racquet, taking advantage of its current Biomimetic technologies.
The original Max 200G, named one of Tennis magazine’s “Top Ten Racquets of All Time,” shook up the tennis world in the early ‘80s — and it didn’t hurt that it was the frame of choice for John McEnroe and Steffi Graf. The original frame, the first injection-molded racquet ever, had an 85-square-inch head and was among first racquets with a wider beam (22mm).
Today’s version combines some of the classic feel of the original with the advantages of Biomimetic technologies like Aeroskin and HM6 carbon, says Dunlop. The Aeroskin coating helps improve aerodynamics, increasing swing speeds up to 25 percent, according to the company, and giving players more power on groundstrokes and serves. The racquet throat is of HM6 carbon, which helps with feel and reduces vibration by up to 10 percent, says Dunlop.
The handle has the distinctive tan leather grip, and just above is a nod to the original 200G — two chevrons in green and gold. The updated racquet also features McEnroe’s autograph. McEnroe is helping to launch the new Biomimetic Max 200G, using the frame in exhibitions and Masters Tour events.
The Max 200G is 98 square inches, with a beam of 21 mm, length of 27 inches, unstrung weight of 11.02 ounces, 16 x 19 string pattern. Suggested retail is $210. Visit dunlopsports.com.
Outdoor Industry Group Releases New Report
The Outdoor Recreation Economy report says more than 140 million Americans engage in outdoor activities each year, delivering $646 billion to the economy and supporting 6.1 million domestic jobs. The report was released in June by the Outdoor Industry Association.
“During a time when some American industries are struggling, we are seeing solid growth,” said Will Manzer, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports and chair of the OIA board of directors. “Since 2005, the outdoor recreation economy has grown approximately 5 percent annually.”
In a statement, the OIA said the new study reinforces what the outdoor industry has known for a long time: Outdoor recreation is a larger and more critical sector of the American economy than most people realize. For a full copy of the report, visit outdoorindustry.org/recreationeconomy.
- The U.S. Fed Cup team will open the 2013 Fed Cup campaign Feb. 9-10 on the road against Italy.
- The USPTA Nominating Committee is searching for candidates interested in serving on the USPTA National Board of Directors for the term running from the 2013 World Conference to the 2015 World Conference. Contact the USTPTA for details.
- Pacific strings and stringers received a nod in the June 19 ATP World Tour Uncovered video, which looked at the importance of strings in a player’s racquet. To find the video, go to atpworldtour.com and under the “video” tab, search for “strings.”
- Adidas has instituted a global policy banning dealers from listing Adidas and Reebok products on the eBay and Amazon.com marketplaces, according to EcommerceBytes.com.
- The non-profit group Good Sports has partnered with the SGMA to provide sporting goods equipment, athletic footwear, and sports apparel to disadvantaged youth nationwide. Good Sports, a solution provider for many sporting goods companies looking to donate inventory for operational, marketing or charitable reasons, will be connected with SGMA’s member companies, which will be able to reach Good Sports through sgma.com/gsdonations.
- The USPTA-Florida Division and the USTA Florida Section signed a formal partnership agreement on June 2 during the USPTA Florida Annual Convention & USTA Florida Semi-Annual Meeting, held jointly at the Club Med-Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- New Chapter Press has released “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time,” written by noted tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink. Flink breaks down, analyzes and puts into historical context the sport’s most memorable matches, from the 1920s up through today’s stars. He also includes a “greatest strokes of all time” section and ranks and describes the players who best executed all the important shots in the game. Visit NewChapterMedia.com.
- The new Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Md., scheduled to open its eight indoor and four lighted outdoor hard courts in the fall, combined with specialty retailer Tennis Topia recently with a unique offer. Tennis Topia customers who signed up and paid for winter court time saved $50 for early payment and also received a $50 Tennis Topia gift card, plus received two TennisPlex T-shirts.
- Peter Burwash International (PBI) will run the tennis program on the eight courts of the Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai.
- The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has released its online Sports Safety for Youth Coaches course, which offers youth sports coaches a comprehensive review of the latest information on health and safety issues facing young athletes. For information, visit nata.org.
- Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King are bringing their annual charity night of tennis, Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits, to Pittsburgh for the first time in the event’s 20-year history. Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf and Andy Roddick will join other top players for the event, to be held Oct. 16 at the Petersen Events Center.
USTA Serves Awards $410,000 in Scholarships
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, will grant 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships, totaling $410,000. Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving students who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.
- Kaitlyn Devine of Bethalto, Ill., received the $15,000 Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award.
- Han-Chi Fung of Bellevue, Wash., and Yolanda Pham of San Diego will each receive the $10,000 Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship.
- Christine Crawford of Louisville, Ky., and Nicolas Montoya of Scottsdale, Ariz., will each receive the $10,000 Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award.
- Brette Machiorlette of Houston and Robert Rasmussen of Hutchinson, Minn., will each receive the $10,000 Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award.
- Shelby Baron of Honolulu and Tanner Berkabile of Las Vegas will each receive the $2,500 Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship.
- 40 students each received $8,000 USTA Serves College Education Scholarships.
- 10 students each received $1,000 USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarships.
16 Named to USTA Collegiate Team
Sixteen of the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate tennis players have been named to the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Collegiate Team is an elite training program designed to provide college players with exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.
- Chase Buchanan, Ohio State (SR, New Albany, Ohio)
- Mitchell Frank, Virginia (FR, Annandale, Va.)
- Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia (JR, College Park, Ga.)
- Steve Johnson, USC (SR, Orange, Calif.)
- Evan King, Michigan (JR, Chicago)
- Bradley Klahn, Stanford (SR, Poway, Calif.)
- Dennis Nevolo, Illinois (SR, Gurnee, Ill.)
- Eric Quigley, Kentucky (SR, Pewee Valley, Ky.)
- Ray Sarmiento, USC (SO, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
- Mallory Burdette, Stanford (JR, Jackson, Ga.)
- Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State (SO, Brier, Wash.)
- Beatrice Capra, Duke (FR, Ellicott City, Md.)
- Lauren Embree, Florida (JR, Marco Island, Fla.)
- Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (SO, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
- Zoe Scandalis, USC (FR, San Diego)
- Allie Will, Florida (JR, Boca Raton, Fla.)
S.C. Pro Teaches on Dual-Surface Court
Teaching pro and former WTA Tour player Renata Marcinkowska has invented and has been teaching on a Hybrid Tennis Court in Myrtle Beach, SC. The court is half clay, half hard, and Marcinkowska says the Hybrid helps develop complete players faster.
“Hybrid can make an immediate impact on U.S. players,” she says. “I’m a concerned coach who would like to see our players better than athletes from other countries.”
Playing on a Hybrid not only helps with developing great hands, better concentration, better points building, better footwork, and mental toughness, but also develops complete athletes, who are not just “surface specialists,” Marcinkowska adds. “Just by hopping the net, players see the difference between strategy on both surfaces and learn to make intelligent choices naturally. As one of my students said, ‘Training on a Hybrid is the best-kept secret.’”
Marcinkowska says Carolina Asphalt Maintenance did most of the work for the Myrtle Beach court, which is the first permanent Hybrid installation, with clay-court advice from David Schniebbe. The dual-surface court also can be lined for 10 and Under Tennis.
For more information, visit hybridtennis.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-524-3308.
Racquet Art Introduces Water-Based Stencil Ink
Racquet Art’s newest product is an environmentally friendly, water-based stencil ink, available in black, red and white. The ink is sold in 1- and 8-ounce containers with a specially designed applicator.
“We want to do our part to help the environment as well as the users of our products. We have been working for the past few years to come up with a formula that we can put our name on,” says Michael Waroff of Racquet Art LLC. Unlike solvent-based inks, the water-based ink can be shipped throughout the world without any of the additional costs.
Visit racquetart.com or email email@example.com.
HJTEP Celebrates 40 Years
The Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program (HJTEP) celebrated its 40th anniversary in May with an all-star lineup at an event held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The daylong event featured a celebrity pro-am with stars that included tennis players Mary Joe Fernandez, Zina Garrison, Gigi Fernandez, Chanda Rubin, James Blake, Thomas Blake and Patrick McEnroe, along with George Martin of the New York Giants and former NBA stars Allan Houston and John Starks of the New York Knicks. Katrina Adams is the executive director of HJTEP.
PEP Funding Passes Senate Appropriations Committee
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee took a stand for physical education in schools and approved $78.693 million for the Carol M. White Physical Education (PEP) Program in the U.S. Department of Education’s fiscal year 2013 budget on June 14.
The PEP Bill, founded by SGMA, funds a competitive grant program to give school districts and community-based organizations, including tennis organizations, resources to provide students with quality, innovative physical education, including tennis. The bill now awaits full consideration by the U.S. Senate.
“We have been working closely with many leaders in the Senate. By supporting PEP funding, the Senate sends a strong message about the value of PEP as an important solution in the fight against obesity,” said SGMA President Tom Cove. PEP is the only Federal funding dedicated to physical education. To date, nearly $800 million in PEP grants have been distributed across the country by the U.S. Department of Education since 2001.
New court manual
RSI Editorial Director Peter Francesconi (left) presents the latest edition of “Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual” to David Meharg, owner of Putnam Tennis Courts of Harwinton, Conn. Francesconi edited and updated the new manual with a team of tennis court construction experts from the American Sports Builders Association and U.S. Tennis Association. Meharg’s company recently renovated the four clay courts at the Country Club of Waterbury (Conn.) and has been assisting CCW head pro Michael Stedronsky (right) with court maintenance. The new court construction manual is available at sportsbuilders.org.
44 Organizations Awarded USTA Serves Grants
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 44 community tennis and education organizations during its 2012 spring funding cycle. The bi-annual grant process was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.
“USTA Serves is proud to continue to provide financial resources to organizations impacting the future of thousands of children throughout the nation, helping them to develop life skills through tennis and education,” says Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.
Register Your Free Play Day Event
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and to help combat this growing epidemic, and to get kids active and involved in tennis, the USTA is hosting USTA Free Tennis Play Days nationwide in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The USTA Free Tennis Play Days, which take place Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, are a unique and fun way for tennis facilities, parks and municipalities to introduce tennis to a new generation of kids and their parents.
The Play Days are open to the public and emphasis is placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Participants take part in tennis skills and game challenges that can be done individually or in teams, giving them a chance to experience success and get active.
The first 2,000 registered events will receive special giveaways for their attendees. Organizers will receive branded materials and national exposure for hosting an event. The promotion will drive consumers to youthtennis.com, where they can find a local event through a searchable database, providing additional exposure. To host a USTA Free Tennis Play Day, register on youthtennis.com.
Cardio Tennis on Agenda at ACSM
Members of the Cardio Tennis National Speaker’s Team traveled to the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in San Francisco in June to deliver Cardio Tennis workouts. The ACSM annual meeting is one of the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conferences in the world. Two Cardio Tennis classes were offered to attendees.
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