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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: QuickStart Tennis League for Beginning Youth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/28/2013  1:38:00 PM
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QuickStart Tennis League for Beginning Youth
Seattle Parks continues successful play-based league approach to youth tennis

Other sports programs don’t make kids play on adult fields with adult equipment and now neither does tennis! Seattle Parks and Recreation continues our play-based tennis league for youth with little or no experience playing tennis.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) developed the concept of QuickStart tennis, an introductory program designed to get youth playing tennis quickly. Check out their website www.10andundertennis.com  to learn more about the concept. In only three years Seattle Parks has used the program to introduce more than 450 kids to the game of tennis in a fun learning environment with the help of more than 60 volunteers. Sitting at home is not as much fun as getting out and playing, and Seattle Parks is putting outdoor play back in the spotlight!

The league consists of two age brackets: 7-8 year olds playing on a 36’ court (standard court is 78’ long) and 9-10 year olds playing on a 60’ court. All equipment and supplies are provided. The league fee is $35 per player for the eight-week program. Practices/matches take place on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m., depending on age. QuickStart tennis starts June 24 and concludes on August 14 with a jamboree play day at the new Tennis Center Sand Point. Sign up at a Seattle Parks community center or online at www.seattle.gov/parks using your SPARC account. Parent participation is HIGHLY encouraged, as this is a family game!

We need volunteer coaches and parent managers! This helps keep league fees low. Volunteers can be tennis enthusiasts, parents, fans or anyone who loves helping kids succeed. No tennis or teaching experience is required. There will be two FREE QuickStart volunteer on-court training sessions on Monday, June 10 from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from 9 a.m.-Noon at the Amy Yee Tennis Center, 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. BECU proudly sponsors this year’s 2013 QuickStart Tennis League.

For more information, please call Jeannie Shek 206-684-4764 or email jeannie.shek@seattle.gov

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