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Georgetown, SC Teacher takes USA School Tennis in the Right Direction

August 5, 2005 07:10 PM

Columbia, SC – August 5, 2005 - USTA South Carolina and schools in South Carolina have an amazing new resource.  Michelle Arnold, a physical education teacher at both McDonald and Maryville Elementary Schools in Georgetown, SC has taken on a new position of Physical Education (P.E.) Tennis Specialist. The P.E. Tennis Specialist serves as a trainer and consultant for the USTA Southern Section in order to enhance the reach of USA School Tennis training and resources for school systems.  

South Carolina is very fortunate to have one of the specialists in our state.

Arnold recently attended a training led by Dr. Robert Pangrazi, a leading physical education curriculum writer.  The training held August 1-3, 2005 took place in Phoenix, Arizona.   Participants were shown how to implement the USA School Tennis Teacher training and given resources for starting school and after school programs. 

Working closely with USTA South Carolina, Arnold will be conducting a handful of trainings each year throughout the state and promoting after school programs.  “The training sessions were inspiring.  I am motivated and ready to go out and get kids hooked on tennis,” says Arnold. 

Other responsibilities include serving as an ambassador for the USA School Tennis Program at state Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) conferences and USTA Section trainings.  She will also provide feedback and assist with the development of USA School Tennis resources and program goals.

USTA South Carolina’s Director of Community Development, Graham Cox said, "Michelle brings great enthusiasm to this role and any school will truly benefit from her skills and the resources the USA School Tennis program offers."

USTA South Carolina was founded in 1977 and is the governing body for the state of tennis in South Carolina.  A professional staff housed in Columbia, SC carries out the USTA South Carolina’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed by our Board of Directors and committee structure of over 150 volunteers.  Our mission is to promote and develop the game of tennis.  For more information about USTA South Carolina visit