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Junior Team Tennis Project–The “Kelley” Awards

The purpose of this program is to help children who show a good attitude, good sportsmanship and the interest in improving their tennis skills. In past years, $500 scholarships were awarded to at least 4 team tennis players who applied and were chosen as winners. Starting in 2013/2014, $250 scholarships will be given to those applying at designated State Team Tennis Events. Applications will be submitted at the tournament and the winner will be named at the tournament. There will be 12 $250 winners during the year, one for each tournament.

In 2007, the board voted to rename the project The “Kelley” Awards in honor and recognition of it’s past president, Pierce Kelley. The concept of team tennis has always been near and dear to Pierce’s heart. In 1976, Pierce initiated through the YTF the first team tennis program in the State of Florida that was later picked-up and administered by the FTA. The program continues to thrive today due to Pierce’s leadership, passion and efforts that started some 30 years ago. As such, the board thought it only fitting that the Kelley name be associated in perpetuity with junior team tennis.

-2017-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.


Zihan Zhao, Miami with her coaches, Coach Kara and Coach Lee

-2016-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.

Efren Rojas, Cutler Bay
Abigal Radel, Boca Raton


Mateo Quiroz, Sunrise with his coach


Rolando Torrellas with his coach, Justin Dimaio from Sunrise Tennis Academy

Simon Ayer, age 9, played for the Boca Royale Chargers on their 12 U team.

If I received a scholarship for $250 I would be very happy. I would buy lessons or a new racket with it. Lessons have helped me be a better player at a sport I really love. I will need a new racket because I need an extra in case mine breaks.

Simon Ayer

Tess Tchorbadjler

-2015-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.

Rory Renzy and his coach Randy Webb. Rory takes lessons
with Randy at The Tennis Center of Coral Springs

Billy Rand(age 9) with YTF Board Member, Sue Zipay, presenting the
award during the “Team Tennis Junior League” playoffs at Englewood Tennis Club

KIRILL SABITOV (age 12) with his parents with the award
presented during Team Tennis Junior League playoffs at Englewood Tennis Club

Ryan Grywczynski with his mom and his coach

I thank you for your generous giving of the opportunities to receive the Kelley Award while playing the sport I love most. It is very thoughtful of you and I was and still am astonished that I was chosen to receive the award. I always put a lot of thought into my writing and was elated when I heard my name called for the boy who had the best essay.The racquet I bought using the money has improved my game a lot and makes playing tennis much more fun. Thanks again for the amazing opportunity for the award, I hope to earn more in the future.

Sincerely, Ryan Grywczynski

Melodie Zuche with her PHU high school coach Irene Tharin, Coach Sharon Bodine, YTF board member Nancy Morgan, and her mom Bobbie Zuche.

-2014-

Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2014 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.


Jeffrey Cummings – 9 yrs. (Serendipity Rkt. Club) and T. J. Searle – 14 yrs. (Englewood Tennis Club)


Franz Bagayas, Miami


Keonna Penny, with her coach Addison Staples and USTA-FL Coordinator
for Team Tennis, Elizabeth Coates

-2013-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 winners of the Kelley Scholarships.

2013 $500 Kelley Scholarship Winners
Gayatri Sai Babusuganya, Pembroke Pines
Jaden Keaton, Jacksonville
Gabriel Silvera, St. Augustine
Zoe Radojicic, Miami
David Triscari, Cape Coral

2013/2014 $250 Kelley Scholarship Winners
Maia Lontok, Tampa


Marc Moreira, St Johns


Natalie Sancho, Palmetto Bay

Mason Pocklington, Ft. Myers (picture not available)
Lucas Wiles, Cape Coral (picture not available)

-2012-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 winners of the Kelley Scholarships. There were three different categories this year: eight Team Tennis winners from around the state, a special award for a very deserving player in need from Pembroke Pines, and two winners from the Sue Zipay youth tennis group.


Taylor Cook, Largos


Sabah Arenas, Pembroke


Julia Mjtenyi, Palm Beach

William Kozel

Cade Gilchrist

Jefferson Lustre, Orlando
Marc Moreira, St Johns
Tatiyana Roberts, Jacksonville
Danielle DuPuis, Port Orange
Jensyn Blouin, WPB
Rafaelle Leroy, Pembroke Pines

-2011-

The winners of the six $500 2011 Kelley Scholarships were: Jayla, Ezryel and Alexis Thompson of Spring Hill, David Britt of Jacksonville, Raven Novak of Cape Coral, Claire Whitman of Hobe Sound, Cassi Johnson of North Miami, and Davina Sisouphavong of Deltona.

( Left to Right ) Jeff Horn, Davina Sisouphanouvong, and coach Kurt Collis

(L-R) coach Jamiie Davidson, Britt Shortle, Jeff Horn


letter from David Britt, $500 award winner

Louise Downey with Ezryel, Jaylen and Alexis Thompson
(shared $500 winner)and coach John Downey

Ryan Solters ($250 winner), coach Ray Belmudez
and Stephanie Solters

Winner Cassi Johnson of Miami with her coach Youlian Nikolov, Lynn Jaimes, CEO of Jaimes Tennis Management and Cassi’s Mom, Jeannette Johnson

Winner Raven Novak with her Coach, Bob Nelson

-2010-

In 2010, there were over 50 applications and many, many fine candidates for the awards. There are 6 $500 scholarship winners and 2 $250 scholarship winners this year. Listed below are the winners:

$500 winners:

Lydia Arflin Yulee, Florida

Jordan DeSanctis, Port Orange


Coach Desi Pierre, Paulina & David Reitman, Hollywood

Adam Shugar, Newberry

Coach Gerri Braxton, Caprice Thomas, Pembroke Pines, Tug Miller

Shawn Wilson, Tallahassee

$250 winners:

Chrissy Texidor, Coral Gables

Andrea Lansdale, Punta Gorda and Coach Tony Geraci

-2009-

In July, the Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) announced the 2009 Kelley Scholarship Winners. The Youth Tennis Foundation has awarded the following players a $500 scholarship:
Rafael Alvarez — Miami
Jake Cole — Plant City
Brooke DeMorat — Merritt Island
Tristan Mignogna — Melbourne
Heather Peele — Apopka
Courtney Zeng — Orlando

Courtney Zeng with her coach, Juan Palacius

Rafael Alvarez with his coach, Pablo Arraya and YTF Board Member Dr. Von N. Beebe

-2008-

It is with great pleasure that the Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) announces the 2008 Kelley Scholarship Winners. There were over 40 applicants from outstanding young tennis players. The choice of winners was extremely difficult because of so many fine candidates. The seven players have been awarded $500 to use to improve their tennis game! Congratulations to each of you!

Two of the winners of the YTF Scholarships were recognized at the Lakeland Summer Section Jr. Team Tennis Tournament on Friday, August 1st during the player’s party, which the YTF has also sponsored.

The YTF Scholarship Winners are:
Steve Allen — Ft. Meyers
Andrew and Aletha Smith — Daytona Beach
Dominic Salamone — Orlando
Samantha and Danielle Powell — Jacksonville
Garrison Goodland — Palm Harbor


Steve Allen


Andrew Smith, Tug Miller, Paul Salamone

-2007-

The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) is pleased to announce 10 winners of the second annual Jr. Team Tennis Scholarship Award for 2007. Out of 42 applications submitted between March 1 – May 31, 2007 by USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis youth, six players have been awarded $500 while four received $300 to apply toward their tennis training of choice. This includes tennis lessons, tennis camps and other tennis related activities.

$500 YTF Scholarship Recipients: $300 YTF Scholarship Recipients:
Tyra Fairley of Pembroke Pines Devin Baker of Jacksonville
Kinga Gartner of Pompano Beach Kristen Howell of Sarasota
Liz Renteria of Miramar Austin Basque of Wendermere
Anna Soltren of Longwood Arrice Robinson of Daytona Beach
Yana Wolter of St. Petersburg
Zachary Yonker of Venice

The winners of the YTF Scholarships will be recognized at the Lakeland Summer Section Jr. Team Tennis Tournament on Friday, July 29th during the player’s party, which the YTF has also sponsored.


Anna Marie Soltren, Tug Miller, and Tyra Fairley


Tug Miller, Kinga Gartner, and Eddie Herman


Rafael James, Liz Renteria, and Tug Miller


Devin Baker and Bob Jagger

-2006-

On Tuesday December 5th, James Edwards was presented with a check for $500, which is the first award the YTF has presented to a Junior Team Tennis scholarship winner. In the picture from the left, YTF Board member Tug Miller, James Edwards, his mother Ruth, and his Team Tennis Coach Jerri Braxton.

The second YTF Junior Team Tennis scholarship was presented to the Smith sisters of St. Petersburg. Twins Jade and Jayla and older sister Jasmyne Smith split the $500 award. The Smith’s coach is Matez Robinson. Pictured below are YTF board member Nancy Morgan, winner Jasmyne Smith, Joe Smith (Father), St. Petersburg Tennis Center dierctor Jackie Keller and Tennis Foundation of St. Petersburg board member Ann Sackett.

 

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John Van Ryn Scholarship

The YTF presents each year a scholarship to a deserving person who in some way demonstartes an extraordinary commitment to youth tennis in the State of Florida. The scholarship is named after one of the organization’s most generous and significant benefactors, John Van Ryn.


Mr. Van Ryn (at left and below on the left), who passed away in 1999 in West Palm Beach, Florida, had a remarkable tennis career in the 1920’s and 1930’s. His 24 doubles matches and 22 wins are highs in U.S. Davis Cup history. He also won multiple U.S., French and Wimbledon doubles championships and was consistently ranked in the U.S. top ten for his singles play. In 1963, Mr. Van Ryn was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. We are most grateful for Mr. Van Ryn’s dedication and enthusiasm for youth tennis and honored that he entrusted the YTF to continue his legacy.

-2016-

The Youth Tennis Foundation proudly selects Reeraw Shamayim Lewis from Lake Worth, FL as the 2016 winner of the Van Ryn Scholarship.

-2015-

Englewood’s Jessica Lown Receives 2015 John Van Ryn Award


Jessica Lown Receives 2015 John Van Ryn Award
from YTF board member Sue Zipay

School responsibilities, part-time jobs and her dream of becoming an aerospace engineer consumes much of Jessica Lown’s time, but she always finds time for tennis!

Jessica’s passion for playing, her desire to improve combined with her dedication to helping others makes her the perfect choice for the 2015 John Van Ryn award presented by the Youth Tennis Foundation.

When the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sophomore first found tennis at six years of age, it was love at first sight. Jessica played club tennis, Team Tennis from the 10-under to 18-under divisions, high school tennis at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood and, this year, completed her first season of college tennis.

“Jessica was a recruited walk-on freshman who has significantly raised her level of play,” said David Paschal, tennis coach at ERAU. “Jessica is a great candidate for this award – her work ethic on and off the tennis court, her desire to improve and to help others improve, her leadership skills among her peers, her involvement in many extracurricular activities, her many hours of community service to enhance our programs’ recognition within the community all exemplify her superior qualities.”

Jessica, when notified of her selection for the 2015 John Van Ryn award, was thrilled with the honor and appreciated the financial assistance with her college expenses.

The YTF appreciates Jessica’s impressive qualities of leadership, commitment to others and service to community!

-2014-

The Youth Tennis Foundation proudly selects Sarah Means of Wesley Chapel as the 2014 winner of the Van Ryn Scholarship.

YTF board member Nancy Morgan and Sarah Means

Sarah completed her junior year at Florida Gulf Coast University with a 3.90 cumulative GPA while pursuing a pre-business management major. In addition to defending the No. 1 slot on the Eagles women’s tennis team, Sarah dedicated herself to helping others learn the game she loves through volunteering, and was especially touched by her experience assisting in a Special Olympics tennis regional.

Sarah also volunteered in hosting a free summer tennis clinic, at a local elementary school and at various college sporting events. She placed among the top 15 finalists in the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

“I started playing tennis when I was four and never stopped,” said Sarah. “I believe tennis is a special gift for me, and I love giving back.” FGCU coach Courtney Vernon echoes Sarah’s desire to give back and help others.

“Sarah is certainly deserving of this award,” said first-year coach Vernon. “My first impression of her was that of professionalism – she respects authority, never has to be reminded of anything and does the right thing. Her leadership is evident on and off the court.” YTF congratulates Sarah Means!

-2013-

The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is proud to name Melissa Eligio the recipient of the 2013 John Van Ryn Scholarship!

Melissa first discovered tennis as an elementary-age student and, with the support of her parents, developed an early love for the sport. Her father spent hours on the tennis courts hitting with her until she transitioned from a beginner to a college-level player this year at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC).

It wasn’t just playing the game that intrigued Melissa, but helping others enjoy it as well.

“I am very fortunate to have the support of my parents and a father who would come home from work and take me to play tennis and teach me what I need to know,” said Melissa. “I was not one of the fortunate children that could take private lessons to learn the game. However, I do feel blessed to have a father that saw the love that I have for the sport and would take the time to teach me. I believe this instilled the importance of helping other children.”

Rick Davis, head tennis coach at the Montessori School of Pensacola, speaks highly of Melissa’s devotion to helping others.

“Melissa has always placed other children above herself,” said Davis. “As soon as she is in from ABAC, she is the first one to go out and see all the children at school. She gives back to the community as much as she can, including volunteering at the Pensacola Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and the University of West Florida Junior Argos.

“Melissa is a great ambassador and leader on and off the court. She is always the first person to volunteer to help anyone.”

ABAC head coach Alan Kramer echoes Davis’ praise of Melissa and adds that “despite having suffered two ACL tears in the last four years, Melissa is the heart and soul of our team.”

Congratulations, Melissa!


YTF Board member, Scott Harrison, presents Melissa with her check.

  Recipient Update

YTF is proud to report Melissa is still continuing her work with tennis! Melissa was a camp counselor and a dorm monitor at the 2014 Nike Tennis Camp. Way to go Melissa!


From left, Rick Cuny, Melissa Eligio, Rick Davis, UWF Coach Derrick Racine
and Jacqueline Hruby at UWF Nike Tennis Camp

-2012-

The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is proud to name Kip Jackson the recipient of the 2012 John Van Ryn Scholarship!

Playing tennis since the age of five, Bethune-Cookman University junior Kip Jackson has dedicated himself to learning tennis and to sharing that knowledge with others.


Last year, he was challenged by his college coach Timothy Pleasant to make the starting lineup. Through hard work and perseverance, Kip not only made the top six on the squad but was selected to the All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Academic team. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, Kip was voted by his teammates to captain the team his senior year.

Kip has been a long-time volunteer, first at Arcola Lakes Park near his home in Miami and at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach. This summer, he will continue his volunteer efforts in the Derbyshire Park program that Coach Pleasant started.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for making me John Van Ryn Scholarship recipient, said Kip. “I was thrilled when I learned of my selection for this high honor. I deeply appreciate this scholarship and your selection of me.

“I can’t wait to start my service and giving back to the community. Over the years, I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge with tennis, and I can not wait to share them with upcoming youth tennis players. My mission is to inspire them into having the same passion I have for tennis, so they can be able to receive a scholarship to a university and further their education.

“Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will continue my hard work into the community and program. I will definitely give back to young tennis players and my community as a teacher and student that is passionate about giving back and helping my community.” Sincerely, Kip Jackson

-2011-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to name Laura Ospina of Holiday and Michael Beiler of Dunedin as the winners of the 2011 John Van Ryn Scholarship.

Laura was the team captain for East Lake High School’s tennis team and is a freshman at Flagler College. Through the summer, Laura assisted in tennis camps for beginners and prided herself on passing her joy of playing to young players.

C.J. Obartuck, Laura’s high school coach, praised her academic drive, community service record and innate leadership and said she was of indescribable value to the school community and will match and surpass this in all that she does.

“I have been fortunate in being Miss Ospina’s tennis coach during her time at East Lake High School,” said Obartuck, “and can honestly say she has ignited in me alone a newfound confidence in sending young adults into future endeavors that I know will positively shape this world and its future.”

Michael graduated from Dunedin High School and is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University where he received a partial tennis scholarship. He defended the top position for the Falcons and was named St. Petersburg Times 2011 Player of the Year – quite an achievement in that Michael started tennis late at a late age (10) for tennis players!


Aaron Currin, lead pastor at Michael’s church, praised his dedication to hard work in his passions.

“I have never come across a more upstanding and hard-working young man than Michael Beiler,” said Currin. “His grades, achievements and relationships speak for themselves. I would like to add as his pastor the last four years, that there is no more deserving recipient of any award or scholarship than this young man.”

-2010-

The 2010 Van Ryan Award was presented to Lindsay Hodgdon, a 2010 graduate of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Lindsay will attend St. Petersburg College and study hospitality management. She has also earned a spot on the women’s tennis team.

Lindsay defended the No. 1 singles position on the high school squad three of four years. She started playing tennis at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Club in Treasure Island when she was eight years old and has participated in every season of USTA Junior Team Tennis starting first in the 12-and-under division, then 14s and 18s, as well as playing numerous sanctioned tournaments.

When not playing tennis, Lindsay has served as a camp counselor for Phil Girardi, Director of Tennis at Treasure Bay while juggling a part-time job at a local Outback Steakhouse. Phil describes Lindsay as “a great person on and off the court who has helped other players whenever asked. Phil, who is the St. Petersburg College’s women’s tennis coach, is extremely pleased that Lindsay has earned a position on the team.

-2009-

The YTF proudly presents its John Van Ryn Scholarship to Nateesha Hurtt of Jacksonville. Nateesha is a freshman at Florida Community College at Jacksonville where she is working on her associate degree.

FCCJ women’s tennis coach Mike Stroud recommended Nateesha try out for the team and she is one of six freshmen on the squad. Nateesha’s enthusiasm for tennis and her dedication to improving are combined with her desire to help others learn the game she loves.

Nateesha played high school tennis at Robert E. Lee and defended the No. 1 position two seasons. In the summers, Nateesha participated in clinics at the Boone Park Tennis Complex and helped with beginner and advanced beginners classes.

 

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Wheelchair Awards

Johnny Johnston

Brittany Barrett

In August, the YTF, by unanimous agreement of the board, started a Junior Wheelchair Tennis Project. For this project, the YTF would seek ways to assist Florida junior wheelchair tennis players in their tennis endeavors.

The YTF’s 2008 recipient of the Wheelchair Award is Brittany Barrett of Brooksville. The YTF provided Brittany with a $500 award so that she could participate in her first wheelchair tennis tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina in September.

The following email was sent to the YTF after Brittany’s experience in Hilton Head:

 

Hello,
I wanted to thank you all for sponsoring my very first tennis wheelchair tournament. I had an amazing time. It was a great fun and learning experience! I met so many amazing players and plan to keep in contact with many of them. I met the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Silver medalist,Stefan Olsson, from Sweden. He is ranked 7th in the World. I also met Johan from Sweden who is a medalist and Taneli from Finland who is a medalist. I am keeping in contact with each of them. There was a 15 year old boy there from the US who was absolutely amazing. He is ranked 3nd in Boy’s Junior in the WORLD and 47th in Men’s. He had so much power and speed. I was amazed by all of the players. It was very interesting hearing everyone’s stories. I wish we could have stayed longer but I learned so much and I know now what it is that I need to do in order to improve my game. A lot of the players have been playing for many years and have also been in a wheelchair a lot longer than me. They kept saying how great I was for only playing tennis for 9 months but only using a real tennis wheelchair for 3 months. That felt great to hear.

I played in the Women’s A Division – two matches against very nice women. I also played in the Junior Division – two matches against two girls. The matches between my opponents and I were so close. We deuced almost every point but I need to learn how to bring it home once we are at that point. The one girl is ranked 9th in Juniors and 70th in Women’s . The other Junior is ranked 147 in Women’s. I am officially on the ITF Tennis ranking list but am unranked as for numbers. There are currently 15 girls ranked on the ITF site but as of January 2009 most of them are no longer allowed to compete in the Junior division. I met 3 out of the 15 Junior ranked players. I also met 4 other ranked Women’s players. I also met a two time Paraolympic player and she gave me tips. She said I had great potential. I love hearing that. I also played in my first all wheelchair doubles match. I had never seen 4 wheelchair players on the court at once but it was an amazing feeling. The women I played with were so great. I was the youngest player there but I didn’t mind. I watched some great players in single, doubles, Open, A, B, and C divisions.

I went to all of the events after my matches and met many more people. I met the coach for the Tennis Wheelchair Team at the University of Arizona and some of the players. I met Mr. and Mrs. Van Der Meer and they awarded me the Jana Hunsaker scholarship for all of the entry fees and part of the hotel fee. My coaches attended the coach clinic on Sunday and learned a lot. I am so thankful for the opportunity you gave to me so I can go. I had the tennis fever before but now I can’t wait to take my game to the next level. I really have the fever now! I don’t really know how to thank you for the chance you gave to me. And with the support of your foundation, my coaches, and my family this a wonderful weekend that I will ever forget!!!!

Thank-You for all of your support and help. Truely I will never forget it.

Love always with strength,
Brittany Barrett

For more on Brittany, please see the following web sites:

http://www.ustajtt.com/index.php?page=simply-able

www.caringbridge.org/visit/brittanybarrett

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College Tennis Academy Award Program

In 2007, the YTF initiated its College Tennis Academy Award Program to assist high school varsity tennis players and USTA junior tournament level players ages 15-18, in obtaining college scholarships through attendance at the College Tennis Academy, at the University of South Florida, in December and June each year.


YTF camp scholarship players with head college coaches December 3-4, 2011.

The College Tennis Academy includes on-court collegiate style drills and matchplay competition, college tennis search and scholarship information seminars, roundtable discussions with college coaches, hotel accommodations, meals and 24-hour adult supervision. The staff of the College Tennis Academy consists totally of current head men’s and women’s college tennis coaches.

The YTF is proud to offer this program to deserving young men and women based upon their financial need, aptitude and dedication in seeking a college tennis scholarship.

-2016-

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Jack Blair College Tennis Academy Scholarships:

Natdeilys De Armas, Miami
Hailey Waguespack, Jupiter
Lenah Monosky, Clearwater

Hayden Essary from Gulf Breeze and Jacob Baehr from Pensacola received scholarships from the YTF and attended Ed Krass’ College Tennis Exposure Camp on December 3 and 4, 2016 at the University of South Florida.


From Jacob Baehr:

I really enjoyed this camp. I loved getting to play points and move up and down the courts. Talking with the coaches was an invaluable experience. My favorite part of the camp was learning one-on-one doubles which is a great game and I have already started playing it here in Pensacola.

Jacob Baehr

 


From Hayden Essary:

To Whom it May Concern,

I just wanted to send an email thanking your organization and Scott Harrison for putting us in contact with your organization so that I could have the opportunity to attend Ed Kraus’ College Tennis Exposure Camp the weekend of December 3, 2016. As I’m sure you know, traveling to tournaments all year and now making multiple college visits can be very costly.

I had a great time at the camp. It’s a very high energy camp. The coaches and other guys attending the camp were very nice and a lot of fun. The camp gave me some exposure to a few schools I am interested in attending but it also was a great tool to see where I stand in my game and what I need to continue to work on to be competitive.

Again, thank you for the opportunity.
Hayden Essary

-2015-

Congratulations to the 2015 recepients of the Jack Blair College Tennis Acadamey Scholarships:

Carter Sebo, Englewood
Isabella Winter, Sarasota
Sarah Lown, Englewood Florida
Hailey Waguespack, Jupiter Florida

Bella Winter of Sarasota High School was recently awarded a YTF grant to attend the College Tennis Exposure Camp on December 5-6, 2015. She and her parents thanked YTF Board Member Sue Zipay:


Hello Ms. Zipay,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to play in this camp. I had a really awesome time meeting the coaches and I learned a lot. Thanks again for the experience 🙂

Sue,
Thank you for your kindness and generous spirit…Bella had a wonderful experience and gained insight on college level play. We are hoping that she continues to improve her game while enjoying it. Again, thank you so much!

Mary & William Winter

-2014-

Congratulations to the 2014 participant in the Ed Krass Camp, Sydney Clark.

Dear Youth Tennis Foundation,

Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to attend the College Tennis Exposure Camp last month at the University of South Florida. I am grateful for all of the skills and recruiting tips that Ed Krass and the other coaches taught me. The camp experience was unforgettable, as the technique and strategies are those that I can apply to my game right now. The other players at the camp made my five days even more memorable, as I was able to learn new things from them as well. The activities following our long days on the tennis court were fun and allowed me to bond with the other players. I am grateful that I was able to attend my first Major League Baseball game and see the Tampa Bay Rays.

By granting me this scholarship, this organization has truly paved the way for my advancement this summer. I appreciate the opportunity that I was given to further my knowledge about tennis and recruiting. Thank you so much for providing me with a great week.

Sincerely,
Sydney Clark

-2013-

Congratulations to the 2013 participants in the Ed Krass Camp, Linda Antonova and Shiv Krishnaswamy.


Shiv Krishnaswamy
Dear Youth Tennis Foundation,

I would like to begin by thanking you so much for allowing me to attend the College Tennis Exposure Camp this past month, June 16 – June 20 at USF. I had been so excited for this program since the day I applied and I was surely not disappointed once there.
My time there taught me both new skills which I can apply in tennis as well as being a great teammate and other factors that are just as important whilst being on a college tennis team. The coaches were always welcoming and enthusiastic about teaching us their strategies, which they implement on their own tennis team. The players and other staff at USF were great to be around and I felt that this camp was where I truly belonged.
I would like to thank you for also allowing me to attend with a full scholarship, the $1200 I was granted. This was definitely great for me and I really appreciate it. Overall, this experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for tennis players and I have ecstatic about having attended. I would surely recommend this camp to any and all of my tennis friends, along with others who I may meet during tournaments or other tennis encounters. Thank you so much and I truly appreciate what you have been able to do for me.

Sincerely,
Shiv Krishnaswamy- Class of 2014


Linda Antonova

To the Youth Tennis Foundation,

I would like to thank the Youth Tennis Foundation for providing me with one of the best opportunities of my tennis career. I am very grateful for the chance to have gone to Coach Ed Krass’ College Tennis Camp as the University of South Florida this summer. The experience was absolutely amazing for so many, different reasons. The college coaches were very welcoming and instructive. Their drills, seminars, and advice opened my eyes even more to the game of tennis. I learned about different strategies and techniques that I now try to incorporate into my game, as well as gained insight on how to become and live like a college student-athlete. The tennis players were talented, easy to get along with, and we had so much in common. The college stay and activities after a long day were exciting and memorable.

Once again, I greatly appreciate the wonderful opportunity. Not only was it an extremely educational experience, very fun, but it was, perhaps, the best week of my summer!

Thank you,
Linda Antonova

-2012-

Congratulations to 2012 participants in the Ed Krass Camp, Sean Diegan and Amanda Keller.


From their coach:

Hi Pierce,
I just wanted to say thanks again for the support given by yourself and the foundation for Sean and Amanda at the Ed Krass camp back in June. They both had a great experience and got a lot out of it. Here is a photo of the two at the USF Tampa site. I wish you all the best for now and the great work that you do.
Patrick Diegan

 

-2011-

Arrice Robinson, who is from Port Orange and Spruce Creek High School, and Cole Fiegel, who is from Alachua and attends Gainesville High School, are the recipients of the Youth Tennis Foundation’s full scholarship awards to the Ed Krass College Tennis Exposure Camps for 2011. Both players are highly ranked in their age divisions and both hope to play tennis in college.


Arrice was recommended by her coach, Andy Bacha, and she elected to attend the June camp in Tampa. She raves about the experience in a letter she wrote to the YTF thanking us for awarding her the scholarship, a copy of which is shown below.


Cole is attended the December camp.


Keegan Lowery of Pensacola, FL also attended the December Camp.

From Keegan:

To Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida,
I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to go to the Ed Krass College Exposure camp! It really opened up a lot more opportunities for me and it gave me more perspective on what playing tennis in college would be like. The coaches were really fun to be around and helped me with my game in different aspects. I only wish that I could have had more time to be there because it was a good time and I came back feeling stronger about my game and also the mental aspect of it as well. I think that it’s great what your foundation is doing for the kids that don’t have this kind of opportunity and as I met them at the camp, we became good friends and they told me they also appreciate it a lot what your foundation is doing for them. Overall, the experience was great and if I had the chance, I would love to go back. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Keegan Lowery


Kallie Erickson of Pace, FL also attended the December Camp.

From Kallie:

Dear Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida,
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend the college tennis recruiting camp a couple weekends ago. It was a great experience that sparked a new interest in tennis that I needed to elevate my game to the next level. We learned so many valuable tools in the recruiting process that I’m glad I will not look over anymore. I could never say thank you enough for the wonderful skills I learned.
Sincerely,
Kallie Erickson

-2010-

Stevie Platt of Stuart was been awarded the 2010 College Tennis Academy Grant by the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida. Platt, a high school junior, attended the College Tennis Academy on June 13-18, 2010 at the University of South Florida.


Stevie Platt (on left) and friends at College Tennis Academy

-2009-

The recipient for the 2009 College Tennis Academy Award is Justin Burns of Miami, Florida.


Tug Miller and Justin Burns

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Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Junior Championships

On July 30, 2011, the YTF held its second annual sanctioned youth tennis tournament in Treasure Island, Florida. The tournament had 33 entries and fielded 8 divisions with a first match consolation draw. Each participant received a YTF tournament t-shirt and winners and runner-ups took home a nice trophy to remember the event.

The YTF gives special thanks to its tournament director Jeff Chambers and head referee Scott Harrison for their time, dedication and hard work to make the tournament a great success. The YTF wishes to further acknowledge the generous donations of its corporate sponsors, Premier Worldwide Express, Craig Broome DMD, P.A., Chambers Law Group and Brant A. Bailey, P.A., as well as The Club at Treasure Island for hosting the tournament at its beautiful clay court facility overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to benefit the Foundation in furtherance of its efforts to promote youth tennis throughout the State of Florida.


Tournament Desk at The Club at Treasure Island


(left) Tournament Director Jeff Chambers;
YTF President Ed Jagger


Start of Boys 12 Final


(left) YTF President Ed Jagger and Boys 12 winner
Philip Chiritescu, Bradenton


Girls 16 Runner-Up Evie Sobczak, St. Petersburg


Girls 12 Winner Blaire Buck, Tampa


Girls 10 (left) Winner Frankee Hendricks, Tampa;
Runner-Up Genesis Whitelock, St. Petersburg


Boys 18 (left) Runner-Up Briton Richardson,
Wesley Chapel; Winner Luke Blankenship, Lutz


Girls 16 (left) Winner Shachaamah Brown, St.
Petersburg and her coach Al Sarmiento,
Jessica Honsberg, Kissimmee


Boys 10 (left) Winner Christopher Reilly,
St. Petersburg; Runner-Up Filio Cebic, Tampa


Boys 14 (left) Winner Max Garramone, Ft. Myers;
Runner-Up Nicholas Milius, Tampa


Boys 16 Winner Rhys Richardson, Wesley Chapel

-2009-

The First Annual Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Junior Championships were held July 4-5, 2009 at the beautiful tennis complex of Florida Gulf Coast University. Some 32 players participated in the tournament. There were players in 8 of the 10 divisions offered. Players received YTF T-shirts commemorating the event and bottled water was provided courtside. Winners and finalists received awards.

Florida Gulf Coast University assistant athletic director and men’s tennis coach J Webb Horton helped in the set up of the tournament; YTF board member Bobby Curtis ran the tournament while YTF President Ed Jagger assisted in the tournament management. YTF board members Scott Harrison (behind the scenes computer work and publicity) and Jeff Chambers (securing sponsors Kushner & Kushner Attorneys at Law and MAD Tennis Academy) also ssisted in the event.

The tournament was planned for one day on Saturday but late afternoon thunderstorms postponed three finals until Sunday morning. Please have a look at the pictures of the champions and finalists and some candid shots of the day below.   Click Here to see the complete draws for the tournament.


Florida Gulf Coast University Tennis Complex


Hub of action


Bobby Curtis (seated) and Ed Jagger (red visor) man the tournament desk


Referee Joe Balavage gives prematch instructions


G10 Champion Alyssa Mayo(left) Finalist Elizabeth Stallman


G12 Champion Madison Neill


G14 Champion Denise Azcui(right) Finalist Nishani Karunamuni


G16 Champion Madeleine Ahrens(left) Finalist Hailey Grillo


B10 Champion Ian Ziegler (left) Finalist Kanishkh Ramesh


B14 Finalist Trevor Viner


B14 Champion Koustubh Ramesh


B16 Champion Joel Collins (left) Finalist Peter Kwa


B18 Champion Evan Stutchin (left) Finalist Parker Cuevas-Woodall

 

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2015 Men’s Division I Bedford Cup

 

The players

photo by Linwood Ferguson during day 2 of event

The winners of the 2015 Men’s Intercollegiate Championships are:

Men’s Singles: Chase Perez Blanco, University of Florida
Men’s Doubles : Chase Perez Blanco and Josh Wardell, University of Florida

 

2013 Men’s Division I Bedford Cup

Check out the video from the 2013 Men’s Bedford Cup:

2nd Annual Men’s Division I Bedford Cup at University of Florida

All eleven NCAA Division I schools fielding men’s tennis teams in the State of Florida competed in the second annual Bedford Cup. The four-day tournament was hosted by the University of Florida at the Ring Tennis Complex on September 14-17, 2012.


USF Director of Tennis Don Barr (left) presents Sportsmanship Award to Julien Belair (UNF) while
TYF Board Member J. Webb Horton looks on

The Gators welcomed a total of 64 players from Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Miami, North Florida, Stetson, Central Florida (UCF) and South Florida (USF), who competed in both singles and doubles.

Gordon Watson of the University of Florida won the singles title, while Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock of Florida State won the doubles championship.


2012 Bedford Cup winner Watson(UF) (left) RU Buerchner (UNF)

Watson, a redshirt freshman playing in the second tournament of his collegiate career, defeated North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the singles final. Buerchner won the inaugural singles championship in 2011, which was held on the campus of USF. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place at Florida State University on a date which has yet to be determined.

Bucaro and Lock defeated Mike Alford and Florent Diep of the University of Florida, 8-5, to take the doubles title. Bucaro was the runner-up last year in the Division B singles championship.

With Watson’s win, the University of Florida will have the Bedford Cup in its possession until next year’s competition.

The Bedford Cup was created to feature the top collegiate men and women tennis players from all NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of the Florida. The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida sponsored the event with moneys donated by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. The inaugural women’s event is to take place later in the fall at USF from November 2-4, 2012. Twelve teams have committed to compete in the tournament, including several players from the University of Florida’s 2011 National Championship team.

Inaugural State of Florida Men’s Intercollegiate Championships a Success


TAMPA- Seven of Florida’s twelve Division I schools competed in the inaugural State of Florida Men’s Tennis Championships held at the University of South Florida’s campus in September 2011. The winner of the event was Moritz Buerchner from the University of North Florida, (shown above).

Florida State, Miami, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic, North Florida, and USF competed in Tampa over the span of four days at the USF Tennis facility. In addition to the Division A singles, there was a Division B singles event and a doubles event as well. It was an individual competition, though, and no team title was awarded.



Wael Kilani from USF was the Division A singles runner-up. Leonardo Nahar of UNF captured the Division B title with a win in a tough three-set battle over FSU’s Andres Bucaro. The score of that match was 1-6, 6-4 (10-8). On the doubles side, it was the duo of Mitch Thams and Juan Bolona from UCF that came up with the title. They beat out Wael Kilani and Federico Sabogal from USF 8-4.

The North Florida coaching staff and team left Tampa and headed back to Jacksonville with the Bedford Cup trophy. The trophy will be in their possession for an entire year until next year’s tournament. The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida sponsored the event, with moneys donated by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. YTF Board of Director and current Florida Gulf Coast University Assistant Director of Community Outreach, J. Webb Horton was the catalyst to making the event happen. He was the coach of the Men’s team at FGCU for the past ten years.

Tournament director and head coach from USF, Don Barr, thought the tournament was a great success and is excited for the future of collegiate tennis in the state of Florida.

“Next year the hope is to have not only men compete in the tournament, and that all twelve teams compete, but also the women.” said Barr. “This tournament was a great experience for all of my players and all of the other men who competed. It was good for college tennis in the state. We were proud to have been able to host this event and we thank the Youth Tennis Foundation and the Bedford Foundation for their support.”

Written by Kelsie Eberly, Sports Information Department, University of South Florida.

 

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2015 Bedford Cup Women’s Event


photo by Linwood Ferguson during day 2 of event

The winners of the 2015 Women’s Bedford Cup are:

Women’s Singles: Yolimar Ogando, University of Miami
Women’s Doubles: Yolimar Ogando and Wendy Zhang, University of Miami

2013 Bedford Cup Women’s Event


Coaches,

Thank you for participating in this year’s Bedford Cup! The University of Florida would like to thank the Youth Tennis Foundation, the Bedford Foundation, and Ron Fick for making this all possible.

I hope you had an enjoyable time these four days! Attached is the group picture.

Good luck the rest of the fall season.

Sincerely,
Kate Harte
Director of Tennis Operations
University of Florida

2012 Bedford Cup Women’s Event

UM NETTERS CAPTURE BOTH TITLES AT INAUGURAL BEDFORD CUP EVENT
Kelsey Laureneta from the University of Miami defeated unseeded Amy Sargeant of Florida State University 6-1, 6-4 to capture the singles title at the Inaugural State of Florida Division I Women’s Collegiate Championships, held from November 2-4 on the campus of the University of South Florida. In so doing, she took home the Bedford Cup and will be the first to have her name inscribed on the magnificent Cup, named after Edward T. Bedford, whose foundation donated the money to the Youth Tennis Foundation, which created, and sponsored, the event. Players from the University of Miami, Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida A & M, the University of Central Florida, the University of North Florida and the University of South Florida competed for the title.

The top seeded player, Ekatarina Vasenina, of USF, was upset by the eighth seed, Mia Vriens, of FSU in the quarters. Laureneta, the fifth seed, upset the fourth seed, Daneka Borthwick of Florida State in her quarter final match. She then beat Vriens in the semis to advance to the final round.

On the bottom half of the draw, Sergeant upset the sixth seed, Alonso, of USF in the round of 16, then upset the number four seed, Francesca Segarelli of FSU in the quarters, and then beat the second seeded player, Lilekita of UM in the semis to earn her spot in the finals.

In the doubles, the team of Brittany Dubins and Nichole Stracar of the University of Miami defeated Laureneta and Lina Lilakite, also of the University of Miami, to capture the title. Vasenina and Alonso, the second seeded team, were upset by the unseeded team of Lareneta and Lilekita in the semis. In the other semi final match, Dubins and Stracar, the fourth seeded team, defeated the unseeded team of Melanie Aguirre and Lorena Aviles of UNF, who upset the top seeded team of Borthwick and Segarelli in the quarters.

Mia Vriens of FSU was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, which was voted upon by the players, coaches and tournament referees. Irene Rehberger was the tournament director. The site of next year’s event has yet to be determined but UM, FSU, UNF, USF and UF have expressed an interest in hosting it and al l twelve Division I teams are expected to participate, as was the case with the men’s event held in September at the University of Florida.

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The 1st Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Tennis Tournament

On March 8 and 9, 2013 The 1st Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Team Tennis Tournament was held at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, Florida. The tournament was a huge success. Geoff Watts (Catholic High coach) and Michael Edge (Washington High coach), both schools in Pensacola, were the organizers while Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) board member, Scott Harrison, was the referee. The organizers had hoped for 8 girls and boys teams but had only 5 girls teams after Gainsville PK Younge dropped out with their top two girls sick. In addition to Catholic and Washington, the teams included Ocean Springs, MS (boys and girls, last years State Champ) coached by Kathy Gendron, Jacksonville, FL Bolles (boys) coached by David Baxendine, Trinity School in Montgomery, AL (boys) coached by Jack Schweers, Vestavia Hills, Birmingham, AL (boys) coached Adam Kolsa, Bainbridge, GA (boys and girls) coached by Amy Thomas and Mitch Rogers respectively and Barron Collier, Naples, FL (boys and girls, last years FL champs) coached by Eric Manring and Nancy Geiman respectively.


Blue Angel High School Tournament Competing Teams


Blue Angel High School Tournament Sponsors

With 5 girl’s teams, the format was a round robin (4 matches for each team). And with the boys, two 4 team round robins, then the top 2, 2nd two, 3rd two and 4th two played off. Barron Collier won both events. Their boys are awesome, won all four matches 9-0. Bolles was second. Barron Collier girls weren’t as dominate (won a couple of matches 6-3) and Ocean Springs girls were second.


Boys winners, Barron Collier


Boys runner up team, Jacksonville Bolles


Girls winners, Barron Collier


Girls runner up team, Ocean Springs

In the Boy’s #2 play-off Ocean Springs defeated Washington 6-3. Catholic downed Vestavia Hills 5-4 to win the Boy’s #3 play-off and Trinity beat Bainbridge 7-2 to win the #4 play-off.

The organizers also had team boys (Trinity) and girls (Bainbridge) sportsmanship plaques. The kids got Subway for lunch on Friday, a cookout with burgers and dogs on Friday night and pizza for lunch on Saturday. All the players got dri-fit shirts with the cool Blue Angel Southern Team Tennis Championships logo on them. The coaches got a nice Prince backpack with the logo on it. Organizers provided each team with a team tent, water and gatorade.


Boys Sportsmanship Team – Trinity, Montgomery, AL


Girls Sportsmanship Team – Bainbridge, GA


Tournament Co-Organizer Geoff Watts,
Trinity Coach Jack Schweers


Tournament Team Tent City

All the teams were happy with the event, even Barron Collier who had to drive so far and Bainbridge who didn’t win a match. Plans for next year are already in the works for 8 even better boy’s and girls’ teams.

YTF donated $500 for this tournament. The quality of tennis was very high especially at the #1 and #2 singles positions. The match format was 6 singles and three doubles. Singles matches were 2 out 3 sets, regular scoring with a 10 pt 3rd set Tiebreaker. Doubles were 8 game pro sets.

 

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Inaugural High School All Star Tennis Tournament


-2013-

-2012-

Article in Florida Tennis Magazine published by Jim Martz

INAUGURAL ALL STAR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

This year’s Florida high school senior tennis players were rewarded with an All Star Tennis Tournament, on May 6th & 7th. This was the first ever All Star Tennis Tournament for Florida High School tennis team players, thanks to the joint efforts of Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida and the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association.

The Tennis All Star Tournament followed the Florida High School Athletic Association State high school tennis championship tournaments in April and honored sixty four high school tennis players, who were graduating seniors. Four boys & four girls were chosen from each of the eight regions of the FHSTCA sections of Florida. The eight sections competee against each other, using the WTT formant of Team Tennis play, which is boys and girls doubles play, followed by boys’ & girls’ singles and the mixed doubles determining the team winner.

Play was at Embry-Riddle College, in Daytona Beach and players and coaches were provided pool-side dinner Saturday evening, lodging, breakfast, lunch, t-shirts and memories to take to college.

While this was the first all star tennis tournament experience for FHSTCA & Florida Athletic Coaches Association, this was not the first All Star Tennis Tournament involvement for Youth Tennis Foundation, who in 2011 conducted the Bedford Cup inaugural State of Florida College Men’s Tennis Championships.

The team from the Naples/Ft. Myers (Region 7) area defeated the team from (Region 6), Palm Beach/Martin County in the final.


For more information you may go to www.fhstca.org

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Pensacola Sports 2017 Racquet Round-Up


The 2017 Racquet Roundup was held at the end of May and all through June at six locations around the Greater Pensacola area. Well over 700 kids from ages 5 to 12 were introduced to the game of tennis. All activities were free including goodie bags, snacks and lunches.

The sites included Roger Scott Tennis Center – May 30-31 & June 1: 365 Registrations, Pensacola Naval Air Station – June 9: 44 Registrations, the Pensacola Fricker Community Center – June 13: 54 Registrations, the University of West Florida – June 15: 105 Registrations, the Pensacola Cobb Community Center – June 20: 62 Registrations and Gulf Breeze Shoreline Park: June 29 & 30: 100 Registrations.


Roger Scott Racquet Round-Up

Cobb Scott Racquet Round-Up

While rain and stormy weather was a problem when Escambia County received 20.5 inches of rain in June, the programs at all sites were carried out.


Roger Scott Tennis Center Racquet Round-Up


Pensacola NAS Racquet Round-Up


The YTF is a proud sponsor of the Pensacola Sports Racquet Roundup for the eighth consecutive year. Board Member Scott Harrison presented Pensacola Sports Program Director Mel Bruce and Pensacola Sports Board Chairman Jehan Clark, a check for $1000 to help with the event.

–2016–

Pensacola Sports 2016 Racquet Round-Up Draws Over 500 Kids to the Courts

The 2016 Annual Racquet Round-Up, a free Pensacola Sports Event, was held at 5 locations around the greater Pensacola area in the month of June and while over 700 kids registered over 500 kids most of whom it was their first tennis experience came out. The event kicked off at the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola where at least 200 kids per day were at the three day event. Some were the same kids. Racquet Round-Up moved to the Naval Air Station Pensacola for a day on June 8th followed on June 9th at Hollice T. Williams Park in Pensacola and June 16th at the University of West Florida. The program ended up at the Shoreline Park Tennis Courts in Gulf Breeze on June 23 and 24th.


Pensacola Sports Event Manager, Taysha
Blessington with YTF’s Scott Harrison and a Roger Scott participant

Penacola Sports’ Mike Prince recognized YTF with a very nice plaque for their continued efforts in support of Racquet Roundup.


Each day there were two divisions of kids ages 4-8 and 9-12. Area tennis pros and volunteers under the direction of Pensacola Sports Taysha Blessington guided their charges through drills and games all using the tennis rackets and balls for the appropriate age and sized kids.

Roger Scott Racquet Round-Up


Red Ball Action at Roger Scott

Teachers and volunteers who have been with this program since the 1980s know that several Pensacola area junior tennis players that struck their first ball at Racquet Round-Up eventually got tennis scholarships to college, It’s all free courtesy Pensacola Sports and it’s sponsors, including a $1000 check from Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida.


9-12 Year Olds at Roger Scott


Naval Air Station Racquet Round-Up


Shoreline Park Racquet Round-Up


Shoreline Park Racquet Round-Up

-2013-

Nearly 325 Kids Participate in the First Three 2013 Pensacola Sports Association’s Annual Racquet Round-Up Clinics


2013 Racquet Round-Up at Roger Scott
Rita Dotson helping out


2013 Racquet Round-Up at Roger Scott in Pensacola

The first three Pensacola Sports Association’s (PSA) 36th Annual Racquet Round-up were held at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, June University of West Florida in North Pensacola, and Hollice T. Williams Park in downtown Pensacola. The free of charge clinics included prizes, t-shirts and refreshments as well as lots of tennis with the age appropriate balls. The first three clinics drew over 300 kids to all the activities. Parents, coaches and local high school players were among the volunteers helping on the courts. In addition to the PSA, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) is a major sponsor of the event.

The PSA has two more chances in July to reach more beginning kids with July 25 and 26 clinics at the beautiful revamped Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze and on July 29 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The PSA hopes to draw a total off 600 kids after the last two clinics.


2013 Racquet Round-Up at Roger Scott PSA Program
Director Liz Hamrick explaining the activities


2013 Racquet Round-Up gatorade table at Roger
Scott in Pensacola


PSA President Jodie Webb (l) receives $1000 check
from YTF’s Scott Harrison for 2013 Racquet Round-Up


2013 Racquet Round-Up goodie table at Roger Scott
in Pensacola

2013 Racquet Round-up at UWF in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at UWF in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at UWF in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at Hollice Williams Park in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at Hollice Williams Park in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at Hollice Williams Park in Pensacola


2013 Racquet Round-up at Hollice Williams Park in Pensacola