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Public park tennis swings into action

The Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA), Inc., swung into action with its annual spring Tennis Ball Hunt, which was hosted by the BCTA and the Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Department for youths ages 4–9, on March 25th at Newtown Township’s Roberts Ridge Park.

Scooby-Doo, Bucks County’s tennis-playing canine, was on-site with his racquet, and joined in the tennis activities and tennis ball hunt.

The BCTA’s 2018 outdoor tennis programs have begun and continue through mid-October. These affordable quality tennis programs at public parks throughout Bucks County are fun for family and friends of all ages and abilities. For program details and to register online, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Also, for a third consecutive year, the BCTA’s programming was recognized by the USTA Middle States section, which again named BCTA as a “Premier Provider” for tennis in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region.

Michael Gladysz, Middle States Associate Director of Communications and Marketing noted, “The USTA Middle States Premier Providers are facilities and organizations that offer a variety of programs to all ages, and do an incredible job of delivering them.

One tennis offering that BCTA is promoting is Net Generation, the USTA’s new youth tennis brand.

Through a variety of programs, teaching and learning tools, Net Generation is looking to capture the imaginations of kids of all backgrounds and skill levels – bringing together a national community of parents, coaches, players, teachers and volunteers. “Think of Net Generation as a one-stop-shop for youth tennis,” said Michael. “As more and more tennis providers register their programs in the system, parents and kids will have an opportunity to search for those providers and programs, and find information about coaches and programming.”

“I am so pleased to see how the BCTA has grown,” said Laura Canfield, who directs BCTA programming as well as serves as a USTA board member. “Tennis is considered by many health experts to be the top sport for overall physical and mental health as it provides a social, full body, heart healthy, safe and fun workout for all ages that results in a lowered risk of stroke, weight control as well as increased bone strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. And according to recent studies, tennis players live longer, are more optimistic, have greater self-esteem and are less anxious, angry and depressed than people who play other sports or are sedentary.”

For more information about the BCTA and its programs, coaching and volunteer opportunities, log onto http://www.buckscountytennis.usta.com/, call 215-322-7020, or e-mail buckscountytennis@verizon.net.