(May 21, 2014) White Plains, N.Y. – USTA Eastern announced the launch of a comprehensive development program to help build a strong “Play Culture” through youth tennis instruction section-wide, providing more opportunities for children to get in the game, have fun, and excel to the next level. The program consists of a series of educational webinars, group seminars and on-site visits by trained 10 and Under Tennis clinicians for the selected providers.
The inaugural year of development is taking place in conjunction with evolve9, an organization that helps tennis coaches build better, more appropriate programs and teaches with real quality, while considering the needs of each child.
“Working with evolve9, in addition to our USTA National partners and Grand Slam Tennis Club, is part of a continued effort to bring all of our industry partners together,” said Larry Dillon, USTA Eastern 10 and Under Tennis Manager. “The organizations selected for the comprehensive development program will truly benefit from the expertise and dedication we are throwing behind their already strong efforts.”
Selected organizations are set to take part in a two-day opening session, May 22-23, run in conjunction with evolve9 and held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“We are so happy to kick off our program at the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open,” said Julie Bliss, USTA Eastern Senior Director of Competition. “We have a diverse snapshot of organizations that come from all parts of our section and represent all types of providers, from your traditional tennis club to a park to a sports camp company.”
“The Riverside Clay Tennis Association (RCTA) is thrilled to take part in this program,” said Mark McIntyre, Executive Director of RCTA. “We have been proud supporters of 10 and Under Tennis from its inception. Just because we are a red-clay facility does not mean we cannot run vibrant youth programs on 36- and 60-foot courts.”
The following organizations will take part in the comprehensive development program by USTA Eastern:
1. East Brunswick Racquet Club – East Brunswick, N.J.
2. Garden State Tennis Academy – Edison, N.J.
3. Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program – Harlem, N.Y.
4. Mendham Health & Racquet Club – Mendham, N.J.
5. Ramapo Tennis & Swim Facility – Airmont, N.Y.
6. Riverside Clay Tennis Association – New York, N.Y.
7. South Towns Tennis Club – Orchard Park, N.Y.
8. U.S. Sports Institute – Bound Brook, N.J.