YTF TO SPONSOR INAUGURAL NAIA-JUCO TOURNAMENT
The Youth Tennis Foundation is finalizing plans to sponsor the inaugural event involving all NAIA schools and all Junior Colleges in the State of Florida with varsity men’s and women’s teams. The six NAIA teams are Ave Maria, Keiser University, Southeastern University, Warner, St. Thomas University and Webber College.
The six JUCOs with women’s teams are Hillsborough, Broward. St. Petersburg, Eastern Florida, Bradenton-Manatee CC and ASA. The event will be held in Lakeland on October 19-21, 2018. All high school tennis players desiring to play tennis in college will be invited to attend.
Mark your calendars!
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For all graduating seniors who will enroll in college in the fall of 2018.
The Youth Tennis Foundation will award prizes to tennis players who submit the best essay on the following topic:
WHAT THE GAME OF TENNIS MEANS TO ME
1. No more than 250 words
2. Received no later than June 1, 2018
3. Typewritten and sent by US mail (no emails)
4. Include a recent picture and letter of recommendation from a coach or tennis pro
First Place: $1500.00
Second Place: $750.00
Third Place: $250.00
(checks will be made payable to colleges designated by winners)
NOTE: These awards are not intended for players who expect to receive athletic scholarships as they may affect eligibility.
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES TO:
c/o Youth Tennis Foundation
PO Box 452
Fort White, FL 32038
Youth Tennis Foundation Assists Lake City-Columbia County Tennis Association
The YTF donated several thousand dollars to the newly-founded LCCCTA who strive to build a first-class tennis facility in the Lake City community. They used the money to conduct a program teaching about 100 youngsters how to play. T-shirts were provided to all participants and coaches. Six of the children received money for lessons provided by Tom Moore after the summer program ended. Need help? Ask!
YTF Sponsors Bedford Cup Events Again
The men’s tournament was hosted by FSU this year and the women’s event was hosted by USF. Moneys given to us by the Bedford Foundation allow us to pay for virtually all expenses related to these two worthwhile activities. We are delighted to be able to be of assistance to the collegiate game and we continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the game of tennis in the state of Florida for all levels of play.
We hope to be able to sponsor similar events for players at the Division II, III, NAIA or the community college level at some point in the future.
Below is a heart-warming letter our Vice-President received from Harold Hardy at the Joy of Tennis Academy.
This is a picture of a few of the children that came to the program that you funded with their certificates of participation. Ian Fletcher is a USPTA professional and is the other coach in the picture with me and he was ranked number 40th in the world at one time and is now working with me doing these Tennis Fun Day Clinics.
We had about 15-20 children come and participate in the program over the 5 week period of time. We have been asked by some of the parents to continue the program for they really enjoyed it and the parents now want us to do a program for them.
I will send you some more pictures and videos of our Clinics. I have also been asked to come to some other small rural communities to expose their children to the sport of tennis. So your funding of this kind of program will and can work with a commitment from organization to provide the necessary funding to make it happen.
Joy of Tennis Academy
The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) was created in 1962 by several tennis enthusiasts who wished to create a patrons organization.
Until recently, the YTF was the only state-wide patrons group in the State of Florida. Due to a recent bequest from a tennis enthusiast, the YTF looks forward to continuing its quest to promote and nourish youth tennis programs in the state of Florida.
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