Tennis Across America™ Encourages Tennis Participation
-- National USPTA program in its 18th year --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Poornima S. Rimm
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04/26/07 - Tennis is a great way to get fit and the United States Professional Tennis Association continues to take the game to new, current and former players through the Tennis Across America™ program. The 18th annual Tennis Across America day is designated for May 12. Tennis-teaching professionals certified by the USPTA will provide the perfect learning opportunity for those eager to play by offering free Tennis Across America clinics in more than 350 cities nationwide, and then provide follow-up programming.
Established in 1990 by the United States Professional Tennis Association, Tennis Across America™ is the original, free, grassroots lesson program. The goal of the program is to get people out on the court, playing tennis. The multicultural segment was added later with the goal of reaching various communities and potential players who have special needs and may not otherwise have the opportunity to play. Examples of this might be individuals who are senior citizens, inner-city and minority children, handicapped children and adults, and many more. People getting their first taste of tennis will learn basics to get started, find out how to improve and reap the benefits of a calorie-burning workout.
The Tennis Across America program consists of three major elements. First, free clinics are held at public and private facilities around the nation. Second, multicultural clinics introduce the sport to various groups and give everyone the opportunity to experience tennis. Third, follow-up programs are created to provide players with an opportunity to pursue their new enthusiasm for tennis.
While Tennis Across America Day will officially be celebrated May 12, it is not limited to just that day. More than 1,500 USPTA Professionals and Developmental Coaches, along with volunteers, offer free clinics to the public throughout the spring and summer months. Clinics can be directed toward adults, children or both, and may include new, current and former players returning to the game.
Professionals usually schedule clinics to coincide with the start of entry-level lesson programs. Clinics are held at clubs, public parks, schools and other facilities. Free clinics can take various forms, from an introductory Cardio Tennis demonstration and class to an event focusing on children, juniors, or adults to a member-guest clinic at clubs.
The program is always generously supported by honorary co-chairs who appreciate the effort of tennis professionals and the many benefits of tennis participation. Honorary co-chairs confirmed so far for this year include the world No. 1-ranked men’s doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan; Billie Jean King, sports legend and social pioneer; former touring professionals Leslie Allen, Tom Gullikson, Stan Smith and Fred Stolle; Pam Shriver, TV analyst and former touring professional; world-renowned tennis coach and Master Professional Rick Macci; author, speaker and Master Professional Peter Burwash; and sports science expert Jack Groppel, Ph.D. They also include former President George Bush and Wayne Bryan, USPTA member and father of Mike and Bob Bryan.
To find a list of public Tennis Across America clinics, organized by city and state go to www.uspta.com or call (800) USPTA-4U.
Founded in 1927, USPTA celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007. It strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 30 professional benefits to its 14,500 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call (800) 877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com.