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2012 Middle States CTDW a Success

USTA Middle States enjoyed a fun-filled schedule this past weekend, hosting ACE (Academic Creative Engagement) Curriculum Regional Training and the Section’s Community Tennis Development Workshop (CTDW) at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pa.

The events kicked off Friday afternoon with the ACE Training for approximately 30 participants from a dozen National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters. ACE provides a combination of fitness through tennis instruction and academic enrichment in the areas of math, literacy and nutrition. The teachers were trained on how to deliver this curriculum as part of their NTJL programs.

For more information on the ACE Curriculum, contact Dan Faber at dfaber@njtloftrenton.org.

ACE and CTDW attendees made their way Friday night to The Deck at Twenty9 for a Cinco de Mayo-themed network reception. It was great to enjoy good food in a casual setting while interacting with the closest members of our Middle States community.

The weekend’s big attraction – the Middle States CTDW – was truly a success. More than 100 registered attendees from clubs and organizations across our Section gathered Saturday and listened to speakers discuss a wide range of tennis-related topics. Gary Avischious, founder of CoachingSchool.org, opened the event with a powerful presentation about coaching and education in youth sports. Toni Wiley, Executive Director of Boston’s Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, Ingrid Chen, Director of 10 and Under Tennis at USTA National, and Lisa Duncan, author of Teaching Tennis and a 2012 USTA Middle States Hall of Fame inductee, also shared their areas of expertise with attendees.

The afternoon portion of the event included breakout sessions on School Tennis, grant writing, sustainability and funding, and social media marketing.

A big thank you to Kasey Connors, Middle States Community Tennis and Events Manager, and Ben Zislis, Middle States Director of Community Development, for putting together such a fantastic weekend.

“Congratulations to Kasey, Ben, and the whole team that worked on the MS CTDW,” said Marlynn Orlando, Middle States Executive Director. “I’ve heard so many positive comments. It was really a good day for Middle States and all the attendees.”

View the complete photo gallery on our Facebook page. For information on USTA Middle States programs and events, visit our website, www.PlayTennisWithUs.com.

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