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Governor’s Office and USTA Kentucky Promote Local Tennis Events

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Katie Sime McJury, USTA, (502) 491-1290;
Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786

The Governor’s Office of Wellness and Physical Activity (GOWPA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) – Kentucky are working together to promote local tennis events across the commonwealth in the month of May.

Throughout the month of May, which is designated by USTA as “Tennis Month” across the country, local communities across the commonwealth will be hosting Tennis Block Parties. These events aim to expose new and existing players to the unparalleled health and social benefits of tennis in a fun and interesting way. Additionally, Governor Ernie Fletcher will proclaim May 2007 as Tennis Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, urging citizens to maximize the many social and health benefits of tennis by participating in the sport.

“The partnership between USTA and GOWPA is a natural fit for these two organizations,” said USTA Kentucky Executive Director Sharon Rahman. “One of Governor Fletcher’s missions is to improve the health of Kentuckians through his Get Healthy Kentucky initiative and tennis can definitely help in this area. Tennis is the sport of a lifetime with many positive social and health benefits.” 

Get Healthy Kentucky, which is administered by GOWPA, was designed by Governor Ernie Fletcher as a statewide wellness initiative. The three main components of the program – physical activity, healthy eating and avoiding tobacco products – devise a wellness model centered on prevention of degenerative diseases such diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In recent months, Governor Fletcher has traveled the state, educating the public about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging Kentuckians to become Get Healthy Kentucky members. In addition, GOWPA has formed partnerships with a host of organizations, like USTA, on a variety of events that promote physical activity.
The block parties will take place on the following dates and locations:

· May 4 – Hopkinsville
· May 15 – Versailles
· May 18 – Berea
· May 19 – Lexington
· May 20 – Ashland
· May 25 – Pikeville
· May 26 – Elizabethtown
· May 27 – Owensboro
· May 29 – Frankfort
· May 29 – Henderson
· June 2- Paducah

“We’re excited about partnering with the USTA to get more people playing tennis, a rigorous and rewarding physical activity,” said Chris L. Corbin, GHK’s executive director. “This is a great way to get more people out and being active – one of the key goals of Get Healthy Kentucky.”

 “Tennis Block Parties are a great way to celebrate the sport and provide a new way for people to play, have fun and stay in shape,” said Rahman. “We appreciate the support of the governor and GOWPA in helping us to promote these events and the many wonderful benefits of tennis.”



Last Updated 5/7/2007