USTA Junior Team Tennis in Broward County hosted a season-ending league event and party for more than 150 players at the end of April. Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Fla., was the site of the league’s spring season wrap-up tournament in orange, green, and yellow ball divisions.
“Teams came as far away as Boca Raton to play,” said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area Cathy Nordlund. “Ten different facilities entered numerous teams in the different divisions, and 35 players were recognized with Sportsmanship Awards.”
A handful of teams will next take their league experience to compete in the USTA Florida Spring Team Tennis Challenge on May 20-21 at the Swim and Racquet Center in Boca Raton.
“We wish the teams who are now going to our USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge in Boca much luck!” Nordlund said.
The event has held over two weekends at Midtown and organized by local Junior Team Tennis coordinator Luis Brest. Individual teams were organized by local clubs and teaching pros, who are already forming teams for the Broward fall season.
“Special thanks to all the parents who stepped up to be captains,” Nordlund said. “It was great hearing the captains wanting to nominate other whole teams for the sportsmanship awards because they were so impressed by all the players, their attitudes, and their excellent sportsmanship behavior. This was even during the semifinals and finals when the tension was high.”
The final matches were followed by an award ceremony and a pizza party with a DJ to keep the party hopping.
Orange Ball — Weston Tennis Center/Midtown Divas
Green Ball — Midtown Smart Aces/Silver Lakes North A
12-Under Yellow Ball — Midtown Tsunami/Grassroots Grizzlies
14-Under Yellow Ball — Midtown Amigos/Midtown Warriors
18-Under Yellow Ball — GrandPalms Fitness/Midtown Cowboys
USTA Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams, promoting social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and team play, as well as individual self-growth. JTT provides a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game — win or lose. Approximately 100,000 youth from coast to coast play Junior Team Tennis annually.
For information on upcoming Junior Team Tennis leagues and events in Broward County, including the fall league which will begin in September, contact Cathy Nordlund at email@example.com. For information on Junior Team Tennis play opportunities in Florida go to www.ustaflorida.com/JTT.