The USTA announced today that its SmashZone Mobile Tour will make an appearance at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on May 5. SmashZone Mobile Tour, the premiere fan interactive attraction introduces children to tennis in a fun and interactive way. The tennis event will feature a special appearance by the stars of Nickelodeon’s new hit live-action series How to Rock, Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider. Miller and Schneider will participate in on-court tennis activities and sign autographs.
SmashZone Mobile includes a 53-foot trailer, which anchors four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. Courts which will feature games such as Rally Courts and a Target Challenge. The trailer itself, which is handicap accessible, will feature interactive activities for visitors that will include a Tennis Magazine Green Screen Cover Shoot, Wii Tennis and Touch Screen Kiosks. SmashZone Mobile is a complement to the USTA’s ongoing youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis.
“We are thrilled to have the SmashZone Mobile Tour provide an opportunity for thousands of children to experience tennis for the first time,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “The tour will introduce our 10 and Under Tennis program which is a wonderful approach to help ensure that children build confidence in their skills while having fun and leading a healthy lifestyle.”
10 and Under Tennis is part of an effort to encourage young people across the country to get moving and start playing tennis. The 10 and Under Tennis initiative is geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s size. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.
Miller and Schneider are well-suited to help share the message about the USTA’s kid-friendly approach to getting more kids active and healthy by playing tennis and the fun and excitement they will have by simply playing the game.
“I love tennis,” says Cymphonique Miller. “With courts all across the United States, it’s a sport that I can play wherever I am.”
Adds Schneider, “I started playing when I was a little kid, and it’s one of those great sports that you can play your entire life and always have an awesome time.”
To find more information about the SmashZone mobile tour and to find if it is coming to a city near your check out www.10andundertennis.com.