Tennis Camp a Hit with Local Youth

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BOCA RATON, FL – The third annual Boca West Foundation Tennis Camp, held at Boca West Country Club’s Tennis Center, gave 180 disadvantaged local kids a chance to serve, swing and volley with an internationally ranked WTA tennis player and touring pro. On Friday, July 17, children from the Florence Fuller Child Development Center and Caridad Center received medals from Tennis Pro Christina McHale at Boca West Country Club’s $1.8-million Tennis Center. The medals recognized the children’s accomplishments at the week-long camp that was fully underwritten by the Boca West Foundation. In addition to the week of tennis, each child received tennis shoes, shirts, socks, a tennis racquet and a cap, as well as lunch at the club each day. Other non-profits that have had children participate in this summer’s one-week tennis camps include the Boys and Girls Club and Wayne Barton Study Center. Volunteers from Boca West Country Club helped run the camps. Boca West, the number-one residential country club in the United States, is also the proud recipient of the 2013 U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Outstanding Tennis Facility Award. Tennis enthusiasts looking for superb amenities in a beautiful private country club setting have the opportunity to see many WTA and ATP touring pros and other world-class players who frequent the courts at Boca West. Adding cachet to the club’s brand is the recent 2015 partnership with WTA rising star Christina McHale, who, according to USA Today, has “long been considered a could-be next star for the U.S. on the women’s tour.” Known for competing hard and pushing players, such as Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic, McHale is currently ranked 59th in the world. She was ranked at No. 26 as a 19-year-old heading into the 2012 London Olympics. Now residing in Florida, McHale trains at the USTA National Training Center, headquartered in Boca Raton. In-between WTA tournaments, the famed tennis pro spends time honing her two-handed backhand on the courts of Boca West. Boca West’s Tennis Center features 31 Hydro-courts with three lighted for night play. Keeping up with the times, Boca West is adding one hard court with four Pickleball courts to be completed by September. “Our Tennis Center courts have been designed to improve endurance and to provide members with the opportunity to develop an all-court game,” says Jay DiPietro, CCM, President/CEO/General Manager, Boca West Country Club. The Tennis Center is a sought-after draw and destination, hosting championship tournaments and exhibitions, including the USTA French Open Wild Card Tournament, held from 2006-2010. First-rate former and current players are the norm at such events, and have included Chris Evert, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Navratilova, the Bryan Brothers, Guillermo Vilas, Stan Smith and many others. For more info visit www.bocawestcc.org.