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The weekend of April 18-19 was the warmest of the year so far.  This made it a perfect couple of days for Columbia’s Greenview Park to host an ACE workshop, which is designed to encourage tennis players from multicultural backgrounds to become certified teaching professionals.  The workshop, offered by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), is identical in scope and content to the Teaching Essentials Certification Workshop offered to all populations.  The difference is that PTR and USTA SC each offered scholarships to help fund participants who wished to get certified after the ACE Workshop.  The hope is that increasing the number of multicultural teaching professionals will encourage more young players from multicultural backgrounds to take lessons since they are taking them from someone with whom they can identify. 

Twenty-one tennis players from diverse backgrounds participated in the workshop conducted by Jorge Andrew, who is one of only two Master Teaching Professionals in the world.  “The workshop was a great success, and it was a fun time,” Andrew commented after the workshop.  If you would like more information on ACE workshops, please contact the Professional Tennis Registry at (800) 421-6289.