Community Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:41:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 USTA’s College Knowledge Inspires Players and Parents Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:11:58 +0000 Read more »]]> What does it take to get a college tennis scholarship? Outstanding answers came from tennis professionals at the recent College Knowledge Workshop held at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The event was sponsored by the USTA and organized by USPTA Pro Amanda Fink, a former tour player and ITA All-America pick. The goal was to hear from the professionals about many types of tennis opportunities at the collegiate level including NCAA Division I, II & III schools, USTA’s Tennis on Campus program, NAIA opportunities, the importance of fitness, and the benefits of Community College tennis.

Over 50 coaches, parents and players attended the free workshop. It was a great opportunity to ask key questions to expert panelists including USC Assistant Women’s Coach Chris Wootton, San Diego Christian College Women’s Coach Priscilla Jensen, USD Assistant Men’s Coach Rich Bonfiglio,  San Diego City Men’s and Women’s Coaches Brandon Lupian and Jami Jones, Andrea Tyndall of Athletic Evolution, and Madeline Segura of USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC).

Fink opened the workshop by sharing her personal story of how tennis helped her in college and beyond, as she now holds a prestigious teaching position at the Santaluz Club in San Diego. She works with high school athletes on and off the court.

“Parents this is your chance to get real answers from some of the best,” Fink said. “You can ask the coaches questions in general but can’t specifically ask about your child.” General information that was shared includes the following:

  • Women’s NCAA Division I and NAIA programs offer full scholarships where Division II schools typically offers partial rides to female athletes. Men’s Division I and II colleges usually offer partial rides. Men’s and Women’s Division III schools can’t give athletic aid.
  • Community Colleges are great opportunities to get an almost free education and play college tennis while in pursuit of an Associate Degree or transfer to a four-year school.
  • USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC) is a USTA Program at 25 colleges across the country, and they offer great tennis at a high levels while not being a varsity sport. Perks include great competition and travel. Scholarships are not needed to play TOC.

“The level of commitment is the biggest difference between Division I, II and III schools,” Wootton said. “Tennis is a fulltime job in Divisions I and II. In Division III, academics come first. “

All coaches on the panel agreed high school athletes making the transition to college need to learn how to find balance in their lives. Organizational skills and learning to live away from home are big adjustments.

Questions included: What is the recruiting process to identify players? All agreed they look at a combination of USTA rankings, UTR ratings and TennisRecruiting ‘s star system.  However, there are additional factors.

Jensen said  her NAIA program in San Diego can offer scholarships and it is typically for those suited to those seeking a smaller private school. “We are looking for that unique individual who has tennis skills plus the right personality to make it a perfect fit,” Jensen said.

Jones, the San Diego City College Women’s Coach, suggested Community Colleges are great options for many student-athletes. “It’s the perfect time for recent graduates to grow as individuals and players in lower pressure atmosphere.”

Segura is the Assistant Director of Adult Tennis at the Southern California Tennis Association. She said TOC is a step down from NCAA varsity tennis yet a step up from recreational club tennis. They are student run programs that are lively and social. Practices are held during the week and players participate when it works into their schedules.

Another angle of preparing for college tennis includes fitness, which is an area of specialty for Andrea Tyndall, a strength and conditioning coach based in San Diego. She has worked with other high profile programs such as Tennis Australia.

“If tennis is your toolbox, fitness is a massive part of your program,” Tyndall said. “If you can’t get to a ball it doesn’t matter how good you are.”

Other tips came in the form of how to contact coaches, when players can expect responses, questions to ask coaches, and  the importance of creating players’ resumes. One reality changer included player behavior off the court.

“I’m looking for good character,” Bonfiglio said. “A tennis team is a culture. We are looking for players who really like tennis. I know that sounds silly but it’s not always the case. Some players have a long list of accomplishments but there are over the process by the time they get to college. We want players who will take it upon themselves to get better. That reveals a high level of character.”





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Level 7 Camp & Tournament Coming in December! REGISTER NOW! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:24:58 +0000 Read more »]]>



USTA Early Development Camp (EDC) Hosted by TGA Premier Tennis & Braemar Country Club

Orange Ball for 10U Player Progression

Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm


Players earn Player Progression “Stars” to move into Junior Team Tennis competitive play

first with Orange Ball/60′ courts, then onto Green Dot full court play! 

Campers are required to attend the full session, which includes a

USTA sanctioned Level 7 Tournament on the final day.


Each day of camp includes:

  • Athletic/Technical Skills
  • Game Development
  • Teachable Moments
  • Practice Junior Team Tennis Match Play


 Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday

  • 12/19 – Day #1: Expert Rallyer

◦                       “Respect”

  • 12/20 – Day #2:  Net Dominator

◦                       “Match Preparation”

  • 12/21 – Day #3:  All Court Player

◦                       “Resilience”

  • 12/22 – Day #4: USTA Sanctioned Level 7 Tournament It’s fun! Play a round robin format with coach court monitors and earn up to 5 “Trophy” points!



Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm

TGA Premier Tennis / Braemar Winter Novice Tournament (Level 7) (ID#650042117)

Orange Level 1

Boys/Girls 10U

60’ Court/Orange Ball


View tournament information here.

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USTA Honors Hollis Smith with National Award Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:46:50 +0000 Read more »]]>

Eve F. Craft Community Service Award recipient Hollis Smith, with USTA President Katrina Adams, at the Next Generation Workshop in Orlando.

ORLANDO, FLA., Oct. 16, 2017 – The USTA has announced that Hollis Smith, of Indio, Calif., was selected as the recipient of the USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award. Smith was honored at an awards luncheon involving community tennis leaders during the annual Next Generation Workshop, Oct. 13-15, at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World in Orlando, Fla.

Smith has been a fixture in the Southern California tennis world for more than five decades, playing an integral role in making tennis available to minorities in Los Angeles. An engineer by trade who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college, Smith fell in love with the sport and went on to win a number of senior titles. Off the court, he served as the president of both the Los Angeles Municipal Tennis Association and the National Public Parks Tennis Championships, and he helped organize the local chapter of the National Junior Tennis League (now National Junior Tennis & Learning). In 2002, the National Public Parks Tennis Association and the USTA established the Hollis Smith Sportsmanship Award, with Smith being the first honoree. Later, the recognition was changed to the Hollis Smith Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Hollis is truly a pioneer of the game of tennis in Southern California and beyond,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.  “Hollis’ impact on the game has been invaluable and his commitment to the growth of tennis is unmatched.”

The USTA awards the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award to the individuals who best exemplify Kraft’s selfless mission to bring the sport of tennis to everyone who wants to play. Kraft was a tennis pioneer whose ability to touch people’s lives exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court. As a teacher, coach, author, USTA staff member and volunteer, Kraft was a lifelong champion of recreational tennis in the U.S. until her death in 1999. She introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

View the USTA tribute to Hollis Smith here:



The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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Inaugural Lightning Mixed Doubles Tournament At Sage Hill Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:49:52 +0000

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2017 Adaptive Tennis Program Grant Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:11:22 +0000 Read more »]]> USTA Diversity & Inclusion Department would like to offer support to Adaptive Tennis programs that operate in the United States.

Grants are awarded to assist in the initiation or implementation of programs at the community level. Grant award is $500-$4000.

Application due: October 1st, 2017

You’ll be asked for Program Details:

  • Describe program for which this grant is intended, must include number of participants
  • Is this a pilot, a new program or an existing program?
  • Provide specific sites and times of programming (including name/address of facility).
  • Describe duration of program (number of weeks, days per week, and hours per day).
  • Describe age group and ability level and demographics of targeted participants.
  • Describe your plan to retain and increase participating at the end program.
  • Please list the names and responsibilities of on and off court program staff.

Submit Your Application for the 2017 Adaptive Tennis Program Grant

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Tenis para toda La familia! Hispanic Heritage Oct 7 in Pasadena Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:06:07 +0000 Read more »]]>

Southern California Tennis Association and Pasadena Tennis Association will present a Tennis Family Festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! The event takes place at Blair High School in Pasadena, Saturday October 7 from 10am to 1pm.

Music, Food, Prizes… and, of course, TENNIS! Come out and have some fun with the whole family!

For more information, contact or call (626) 421-9511!

Asociación de tenis del sur de California y la Asociación de tenis de Pasadena presentará un Festival de la familia de tenis para celebrar mes de la Hispanidad! El evento tendrá lugar en la escuela secundaria de Blair en Pasadena, el sábado 7 de octubre de 10:00 a 13:00. 

Música, comida, premios… y, por supuesto, tenis! ¡Salir y divertirse con toda la familia!

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con o llame al (626) 421-9511!




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2017 Kramer & Talbert Tennis Grants Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:29:46 +0000 Read more »]]> Southern California Tennis Association Foundation

USTAFYIG_SoCalThe Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“SCTAF”) (formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation) is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a 501(C) (3).

SCTAF’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting community based grassroots tennis and education programs and deserving junior players with financial grants.

SCTAF currently maintains two grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant (“Kramer Grant”) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (“Talbert Grant”) (collectively, “Grants”). Juniors funded by SCTAF must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. Applications for Grants are reviewed by the SCTAF Grant Review Committee of the SCTAF Board of Directors (the “Committee”).

The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $800 and $1200.

Download Kramer Future Champions Grant Application – Deadline October 1

The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to those juniors currently enrolled in NJTL programs, after school or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year who wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.

Funding Guidelines

  1. All applicants for Grants must complete the Grant Application Form.
  2. All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1 or October 1. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15. incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, in the sole discretion of the Committee.
  4. Grants may not be used to pay for USTA membership.
  5. As the applications are need based, applicants will be required to state household income.
  6. Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
  7. All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
  8. Factors considered when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.

Download Kramer Future Champions Grant Application – Deadline October 1

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Powershares Tennis Comes Back To Los Angeles Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:28:25 +0000 Read more »]]> PowerShares is coming back to Southern California.

See brand new Tennis Hall of Famer Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake and Mardy Fish on Sunday, October 22nd at Sherwood Country Club! Tickets and VIP Packages, including “Play with the Pros” opportunities, are on-sale now at

Enter USTA10 for a special USTA member discount. For more details got to

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Summer Night Lights Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:26:47 +0000 Read more »]]> The Summer Night Lights program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and the GRYD Foundation.

Summer Night Lights is part of the GRYD Comprehensive strategy, which is directed at increasing community resiliency to the influence of gangs and gang violence.

The SCTA Foundation gave funds to assist with tennis classes at several sites from June 28 – August 25th. Attached are some pictures of Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center from last Friday night tennis classes at the park. It was great to see Adrienne Newsom, President & Chief Operating Officer of the GRYD Foundation there to hit some balls with Al Erby, the instructor, working with the kids. He is also the instructor for the LA84 Foundation SCTA/NJTL Youth Tennis Program at the park for the year round tennis program. The kids were having a lot of fun and several parents joined in as well.

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Community Tennis Development On Nov. 4 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:24:20 +0000 Read more »]]> The annual SCTA Community Tennis Development Workshop will be held on November 4, 2017 in the City of Irvine at the Irvine Civic Center and Bill Barber Park.

The workshop is an opportunity for CTA members, park and recreation professionals, teaching pros, facility personnel and community tennis advocates to get together to learn, network, and to continue to find ways to grow the game.

Representatives from each CTA in Southern California should plan to attend to be eligible for 2017 SCTA CTA grant funding.

Registrations must be submitted online by October 20th. The cost for the event is $30.
Schedule for the day:

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm – Net Generation On-Court Training – Center Court at Bill Barber Park
  • 12:15 – 6:30 – Lunch, Guest Speakers, Awards Dinner – Conference Room in Civic Center

Our event will feature an array of guest speakers who will be discussing the following topics:

  • Welcome to The Net Generation
  • Growing Your Business and Community! Jr. Team Tennis & Adult Leagues
  • How to Get Your Kids from a community program, to high performance, to a college campus!
  • Open Table Discussion & Networking Opportunity!

Don’t miss out on a valuable day in Irvine!

For questions regarding the event, please contact our TSR, Spencer Wayman by email:


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San Diego Junior Team Tennis Kicks Off Its Season with Local Coaches Meeting Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:53:04 +0000 Read more »]]> The San Diego Junior Team Tennis Season began with a blast of great information and support in the coaches meeting at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Conan Lorenzo, the San Diego JTT Area League Coordinator, hosted one of his twice annual meetings to keep all coaches informed on upcoming events, rules, deadlines and changes.

The JTT program has two seasons, Fall and Winter, with each lasting seven to nine weeks. Junior players ages 8 to 18 are placed in categories of 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U. Levels of play include beginner, novice, satellite, advanced and open tournament level divisions.

San Diego area offerings include teams from area clubs including but not limited to Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, Barnes Tennis Center, Coronado, East County, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Bay Club, Lake Murray, Surf and Turf and many more.

For more information on San Diego Junior Team Tennis, contact Conan Lorenzo, San Diego Junior Team Tennis Area League Coordinator at You may also reference our JTT website at

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Tag Your Best Shots For The SCTA! Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:05:21 +0000 Read more »]]> Remember that glorious winning forehand you unleashed on video?

Or a backhand topspin lob while on a full sprint?

The USTA wants to see what you can do!

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” showcases the skills of our SoCal members – just tag #USTASoCal and #HitMeWithYourBestShot when you post your amazing shots and rallies to social media.

We’re on the lookout for the best and brightest – and we may feature your clip on our platforms as well! So remember to hit “Record” and go for the winner!


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Champions of SoCal Tennis: Tennis at a Young Age Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:00:37 +0000 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCalEach week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

First Serve Santa Ana (FSSA) is a non-private organization that teaches tennis to children in Santa Ana, California. The focus is on teaching children 10 and under, but the program also teaches tennis to students through high school. FSSA sets out to provide its participants with the ability to “develop integrity, leadership, and a competitive spirit in a friendly environment.” FSSA wants to make Santa Ana a tennis city by encouraging more people to play tennis.

The need for FSSA became quite evident to a few Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) tennis coaches. They knew that the City of Santa Ana wanted to get children playing tennis at an earlier age. Rather than only taking in children without previous tennis experience, FSSA now has children entering their program with such experience, which has created a more competitive and enthusiastic environment.

Photo Courtesy of First Serve Santa Ana Tennis

FSSA’s tennis programming is offered to after-school students at Adams, Harvey, and Taft Elementary Schools. Additionally, FSSA uses the Carr Intermediate School and the McFadden Intermediate School for tennis programming. All of the programming that FSSA provides has been approved by the SAUSD.

Every year, FSSA organizes Saturday Play Days, a day designed for fun through playing tennis. The event is held at the McFadden Intermediate School from 9 a.m. through the afternoon. In addition to creating an environment where children can have fun playing tennis, FSSA uses Saturday Play Days to raise funds in order to continue tennis activity during the school year.

Last fall, FSSA also teamed up with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana, the SAUSD, and the USTA/SCTA for The First Annual Wheelchair Tennis Event, which saw more than 200 Special Needs Students being exposed to tennis. The event was such a success that the Second Annual Wheelchair Event has been scheduled for September 7, 2017.

For additional information, please call 1-714-675-5802, or


Jeremy Goode

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Champions of SoCal Tennis: Dancing with a Racquet Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:00:38 +0000 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCalEach week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

The Joy of Athletics Foundation, Inc. has a compelling approach to introducing children to the game of tennis. Through its “Dance of Tennis Program,” children in the inner city (ages of 7-11) are able to play tennis with the incorporation of dance, music, yoga, and visualizations. Along with teaching tennis to children, the program also encourages life skills, such as self-respect, cooperation, and everyday skills. Dance of Tennis emphasizes the aspiration that all participants are able to choose to attend college or another form of higher education.

Dance of Tennis was founded by Dr. Jena Marcovicci in 1991. A former touring pro and sports psychologist, Marcovicci teamed up with LA’s Best After School Enrichment, the University of Southern California, and Volkl Rackets, where the program has been going strong for the past 26 years.

Photo Courtesy of Dance of Tennis

“We want to offer the Dance of Tennis Program to as many kids as possible in order to make Los Angeles the tennis capital of America,” said Dance of Field Director of Los Angeles Margo Marcovicci.

The program provides a captivating way for students to learn the basics of tennis while having fun. It also aspires to “awaken the imagination and ignite a child’s interest in being alive.”

Dance of Tennis instructs participants to view opponents as partners, rather than enemies and demonstrates that there is no such thing as failure, instead encouraging experimentation and taking risks on the tennis court. Dance of Tennis advises children that winning means playing one’s best tennis and not necessarily having the highest score. Of course, the program also wants participants to visualize the mechanics of each stroke and have fun through tennis, music, and dance.

Since its founding, Dance of Tennis has held a training session at the University of Southern California for 25 staff members of LA’s Best. After completing the training, the 25 LA’s Best staff members join the Dance of Tennis team, teaching sixty children the Dance of Tennis at a different school each day for a week. At the end of the week on that Saturday, the University welcomes 150 students to participate in the program on the USC tennis courts.

Tennis has had a positive impact on the creators of Dance of Tennis. They said, “It is the motivating force that inspires us to create a program for teaching tennis to children, kids that might not otherwise get the chance to enjoy our wonderful sport.”

Through this idea, Dance of Tennis Program strives to help children learn to cooperate, trust, and work with other people their age.



Jeremy Goode

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Champions of SoCal Tennis: Sand Between Your Toes Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:25 +0000 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCalEach week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

Friends of the Seal Beach Tennis Center has been providing children with the opportunity to enjoy tennis without financial hardship. They use tennis activities to promote educational, physical, and social development for children. They strive to reward deserving children from the ages of 12-17, who otherwise would be unable to pay the program rate through annual scholarships to the SBTC Junior Academy.

The SBTC Junior Academy touches on a number of different programming options. From fun, recreational introductory classes, to high performance programs, the SBTC has something for everyone. Whether you are 6 or 16, the Junior Academy will guide players through training to compete from the lowest stage to National and International tournament play.

Participant in the Junior Academy have the privilege of working with instructors who are all USTA/PTR certified. In addition, workouts are divided by age and ability and feature competitive, high performance, and elite level workouts.

Special events that Friends of the Seal Beach Tennis Center participates in include the Annual Inner City High School Tennis Day, for which the group donates an array of tennis supplies, including racquets, tennis balls, and clothes, to the kids in order for them to play tennis at school. Friends also had the benefit of combining the appearance of former French Open champion and SCTA Hall of Famer Michael Chang with a raffle and silent auction in order to raise funds for the Center.

Friends of the Seal Beach Tennis Center believes it is important to give back in life, which it feels is reflected in its work. It aims to have a positive effect on children both on and off the court through their programming and resources.

For additional information, please contact Brenda Danielson at (714)-345-0945 or the Seal Beach Tennis Center at (562)-598-8624.


Jeremy Goode

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The School Bell Rings for San Diego Educators in Summer Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:36:29 +0000 Read more »]]> School might be out for the summer for most, but not for 15 dedicated and ambitious teachers.  Educator Cheri Borger from Grapevine Elementary School in Vista recently gathered some of her good friends from nearby community schools to play tennis on the North San Diego County playground.

It was three hours of fun “blacktop tennis” also known as the USTA Schools Program. The engaging group enjoyed learning how to teach tennis to children in preparation for their After School Programs scheduled to begin in the fall.

“Our kids typically don’t get enough exercise during the day,” said Borger, who spearheaded the drive to bring tennis to some of San Diego’s underserved areas. “More importantly, this is a great opportunity to learn to play tennis. We can give them the gift of an early start in the game.”

The newly christened tennis teachers represented 13 elementary and middle schools in the Vista and Oceanside areas. Their collective After School Tennis Programs will reach an additional 1,621 children.

“We were introduced to the Vista teachers at a conference and they were really excited to bring tennis into their After School programs,” said Tiffany Geller-Reed, the SCTA Schools Tennis Manager. “They took immediate action and their enthusiasm will make a difference in their communities. We look forward to supporting their efforts in the fall.”


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Champions of SoCal Tennis: Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:00:25 +0000 Read more »]]> Each week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

The Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program (PBJTP) was established to provide children in the inner city of Los Angeles and surrounding areas the opportunity to succeed while playing tennis. The program is built on a foundation of many people, including the Brown family, board members, program advisors, coaches and community members. These people work together to provide junior tennis players annual assistance.

PBJTP provides children ages of 5-18 with free supervised on-court tennis instruction and training. Children are never turned away from the program and will be provided shoes if they do not have a pair. PBJTP also provides all equipment to participants, including racquets and tennis balls.

In remembering the late Pete Brown and his work, coaches of PBJTP serve as mentors and role models to children who participate in the tennis programs. Coaches strive to display and emphasize the importance of hard work, determination, and perseverance. Additionally, coaches of PBJTP provide life lessons to children for use on and off the court.

Photo Courtesy of Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program

Experienced players in PBJTP participate in an extensive and highly organized program. Drills, instruction, and match play help PBJTP advanced players prepare for USTA and other tournaments in the area. PBJTP also integrates Academic Creative Engagement (ACE), which encourages success in academics and health. By incorporating ACE, PBJTP is helping develop children through a “loving environment.”

Children who participate in PBJTP are able to play at various venues, consisting of universities and private clubs. PBJTP also hosts a number of events, including the Frank Simmons New Year’s Day Tourney in January, the Living Legends of Our Tennis Community in February, the Pete Brown Level 5 Tournament in May, and the LaRhonda Amos Children’s Holiday Celebration in December.

Along with developing tennis players at an early age, PBJTP also establishes an environment that encourages sportsmanship, character, and integrity, following the ideals of Mr. Brown and his family.

For additional information, please contact Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program at 714-202-4778, or at











Jeremy Goode

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SoCal Beach Tennis Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:37:53 +0000 Read more »]]> Sun, sand and racquets help grow emerging sport

It’s fast, engaging, fun — and its chief executive does not look like your everyday sports administrator.

Dressed in shorts and T-shirt and sporting a year-round tan, Donny Young is chief executive of the Beach Tennis Association, which is arguably giving racquet sports a bit of an X-Games vibe.

The 53-old-year Young worked on the professional tennis tour for 12 years, coaching the likes of Kimberley Po, who won a mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2000, and Jim Pugh, who has eight grand slam titles to his name.

Now he’s looking to use his knowledge to bring beach tennis to the masses.

“I do it part-time, but it’s becoming more of a full-time job,” Young told CNN Sport. “Between my wife and I, there are so many different aspects to building the sport and its grassroots and tournaments.

“We’ve introduced the sport to thousands and thousands of people,” adds Young. “We’ve just planted the seeds.

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s growing. It’s engaging, quick, addictive and we hope to build the sport throughout the world.”

Read the full story about Beach tennis on

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Cardio Tennis Participation Surges Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:14:52 +0000 Read more »]]> Cardio Tennis Participation Surges In Latest National Physical Activity Council Survey

Ranked No. 1 in growth in a study of 118 sports, this tennis-based group fitness activity is helping millions of Americans achieve their health and wellness goals.

More and more Americans are choosing Cardio Tennis, a high-energy group fitness workout that combines the best features of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, as their means to get healthy and fit. In the latest national survey of 118 sports and activities, Cardio Tennis was ranked No. 1 in year-over-year growth in terms of participation.

The annual sports participation study, conducted by the Physical Activity Council (PAC), showed that Cardio Tennis participation in the U.S. jumped 16.7 percent from 2015 to 2016, to more than 2.12 million participants. Cardio Tennis has seen a 156 percent increase since first being measured by the PAC study in 2008.

Developed by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in 2005, Cardio Tennis delivers a full-body, calorie-burning workout. “We are very pleased with how Cardio Tennis has been growing, both in the U.S. and globally,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “Cardio Tennis plays to Americans’ health and fitness preferences, and also helps tennis coaches and facilities grow their player base.”

“Cardio Tennis is a very social group fitness class that uses tennis to provide aerobic and anaerobic workouts,” says Cardio Tennis Global Education Director Michele Krause. “More than 3,000 tennis professionals are delivering Cardio Tennis in the U.S.”

The activity on the court uses tennis balls with slightly lower pressure than regular yellow tennis balls. “These balls level the playing field for all participants and allow players to hit many more shots than they would with yellow tennis balls,” says Krause. “When you combine all these ‘touches’ on the ball with the movement of getting to the ball and recovering, you have a workout in which it’s possible to burn 500 to 1,000 calories safely in an hour on court—all while improving your tennis skills and having a lot of fun.”

A key to Cardio Tennis is for players to use a heart-rate monitor to ensure they’re within the proper “zone” for improved fitness and performance. “Cardio Tennis instructors are trained in making sure participants are warming up, playing, and cooling down properly to achieve their best results safely,” says Chris Ojakian, executive director of racquet sports for Elite Racquet Sports of Los Angeles and a longtime global trainer for Cardio Tennis. “It’s gratifying when players tell me they’re achieving their fitness and weight-loss goals because of the workout they get playing Cardio Tennis.”

The “group” aspect of a Cardio Tennis session also is important. “With six to eight players on a court in a Cardio Tennis workout, there’s a real team camaraderie to the session,” says Heather Silvia Killingsworth, president of the Silvia Tennis Academy in the Atlanta area and a Cardio Tennis global trainer. “What’s great is that players will not only do Cardio Tennis with their friends and teammates, but participants also meet new people, too, who all share a common goal to get healthier and fitter.”

Managed by the TIA, Cardio Tennis also is spreading around the world, with formal partnerships with tennis associations in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy and most recently, India.

“We think we’ll continue to see Cardio Tennis participation increase, as more and more Americans becoming concerned about the ‘inactivity pandemic’ and the rise in obesity rates in the U.S.,” de Boer says. “Tennis is one of the healthiest activities. In fact, this industry recently created a Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force to help promote the health, fitness, wellness and life benefits of the sport.”

Tennis has historically been called ‘the sport for a lifetime,’” and according to world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines, there’s no doubt that tennis is one of the best sports to play—at any age.

In fact, an Oxford University study released last fall that followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years determined that of all sports surveyed—including swimming, aerobics and biking—those who played racquet sports such as tennis were least likely to die over the study period. The study showed that participation in a racquet sport such as tennis decreases early mortality risk due to heart disease by 56 percent.

According to the PAC study, 48 percent of all tennis players in 2016 described their fitness level as good, compared to 25.4 percent of the U.S. population overall. The 2017 Physical Activity Council Participation Report surveyed 118 sports and activities. The annual report is produced by a partnership of eight of the major governing bodies and trade associations in the U.S. sports and leisure industry.

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After School Tennis Program Running Strong in San Diego Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:00:55 +0000 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCal

Each week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD) has been providing children with physical, educational, and social development through tennis and various educational activities since 1952. Its mission is to boost youth participation and develop leadership and personal integrity. YTSD believes that by creating an environment built around active children, competitive spirit, and an opportunity to lead, participants are able to grow as responsible citizens.

The organization has seen much success with its After School Tennis program. Established in 1989, After School Tennis helps provide underprivileged youth in the San Diego area with the opportunity to play tennis. The program goes beyond merely providing children with the resources to play tennis. After School Tennis also tries to reduce and eliminate the growing problems of youths involved in crime, property damage, teenage pregnancy, and other issues present in society.

After School Tennis classes are taught by elementary and middle school teachers on-site at many schools. YTSD trains teachers in proper tennis instruction and equipment in order to ensure that children are receiving the best services and care.

“Kids that would not normally have the opportunity or accessibility to tennis are now introduced to the great sport and all it has to offer,” said Executive Director of Youth Tennis San Diego Kerry Blum.

YTSD has made its mark in San Diego, serving over 15,000 youth annually through the After School Tennis program. It is able to provide 93% of all participants with scholarships in order for these students to participate in the After School Tennis program without the financial strain.

The After School Tennis program is constructed in six-week sessions. Fundamentally, students learn how to hit a forehand, backhand, serve, and keep score. YTSD believes that by providing youths with these tennis fundamentals and concepts, the program can help alienate societal problems that many of their participants experience.

Additionally, YTSD owns and operates the George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center. The Center provides After School Tennis special events, tutoring and homework assistance, free court usage for wheelchair tennis, and numerous other opportunities.

YTSD strives to encourage students to see that tennis and education are intertwined. Participants learn how to cooperate and communicate with others, and to stay fit.


Jeremy Goode

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NJTL Receives LA84 Funding Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:04:19 +0000 Read more »]]> Thanks to the continued funding by the LA84 Foundation, children between the ages of 8 and 17 can receive tennis instruction at 150 Southern California locations offered by the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (SCTAF), beginning the week of June 19.

Funded by the LA84 Foundation for the past 32 years, the SCTAF National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program will provide over 10,000 youngsters this summer from economically disadvantaged areas with an opportunity to gain tennis experience and growth. Each participant in the LA84 Foundation SCTAF/NJTL youth tennis program receives 24 hours of tennis instruction during a six-week period, a T-shirt, and Certificate of Participation. There is a registration fee of $10.00. However, scholarships are offered in case of economic need. Tennis racquets are provided if necessary.

Please go to our website for all the details, or contact Evan Smith at (310) 208-3838 x251.

The NJTL Orientation will be held at the UCLA Clubhouse on Sat. June 3 starting at 10 a.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone out on the courts this summer!

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Experiencia Deportiva Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:18:19 +0000 Read more »]]> Disfruta en familia de #ExperienciaDeportivaT52 el 11 de Junio en Salt Lake Park de Huntington Park.

¡Habrá actividades para todas las edades y podrías conocer a tus personalidades favoritas de Telemundo 52!

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