Tennis is a lifetime sport, one you can play at any age, which is why it’s also a great way to spend time with family. Getting families on the court is a big goal and this summer USTA Florida put the spotlight on family play with opportunities across the state.
“USTA Florida is excited to encourage Family Play Days and events to introduce tennis to new participants in a format where the ‘family unit’ can learn the sport together,” said Danielle Gooding, Director of Community Tennis at USTA Florida. “That precious hour or more of ‘together time’ is such a rarity these days. We’re happy we can support those moments and at the same time show them how wonderful and easily accessible the sport is.”
Free family events for all ages and skill levels were held in Alachua, Brevard, Miami-Dade, and Volusia counties this summer, with more scheduled for later this season. The goal is to get the whole family on the court – mom, dad, children, grandparents – and to have fun playing the sport with no ability required.
“We have seen great duos such as grandfathers with granddaughters, aunts and nieces, and mothers with sons participate and experience learning the sport of a lifetime together, and leaving the events with huge smiles,” said Gooding.
At Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach, players and parents took over four courts for a day full of tennis-themed activities. Nearly 60 people participated in several exercises and had a great time, despite the heat of the Florida summer.
“Tennis is a family affair,” said Derbyshire Volunteer Coach Lynn Ford. “It gives families a new way to get to know each other as well as a bond on the court for a lifetime.”
It was family fun on the courts at City of Daytona Beach Derbyshire Park as the players and parents came together for an end of season party! It was tennis, smiles, giggles, dancing, and tons of fun. There are plenty of opportunities for families to get on court together throughout Florida, and we're here to help. Visit www.ustaflorida.com/in-the-community/family-play for more information. 🎾😎🎈🎉 #DaytonaBeach #DaytonaBeachTennis #FamilyTennis
Posted by USTA Florida on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
At a Family Back to School Bash at Fee Avenue Park in Melbourne, more than 70 people picked up racquets to take part in the family-based activities.
“I love how these family play events encourage families to get on the court and play together,” said Molly Zimmer, Tennis Service Representative for USTA Florida.
In Miami Gardens, USTA Florida partnered with the Ted Lucas Foundation for a Family Day and had nearly 140 people come out to enjoy the on- and off-court activities. For many of those who attended it was their first time trying the sport, and for some it created a spark to look for more opportunities to play.
USTA Florida takes pride in promoting family play and the bonding experiences it brings to families both on and off the court.
Looking for more ways to enjoy tennis as a family? Head to www.ustaflorida.com/familyplay to learn more about the opportunities offered.