SOURCE: USTA NorCal

June 24, 2008 16:18 ET

Grand Slam Tennis Jam Brings the Excitement of Professional Tennis to Area Youth

USTA Northern California Brings Tennis Fun to Area Youth

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - The summer tennis season is in full swing and during the upcoming Bank of the West Classic, the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world, kids are invited to join in the festivities. The U.S. Tennis Association, Northern California Section (USTA Northern California), in association with the International Management Group (IMG) and Bank of the West, is co-hosting the fifth annual Grand Slam Tennis Jam with activities, tennis clinics, admission passes, and more for qualifying youth organizations. The Grand Slam Tennis Jam will take place on Monday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Stanford University's Arrilaga Plaza.

The Grand Slam Tennis Jam is part of the USTA Northern California's mission to raise awareness and bring tennis to those youth that have historically had little access to the sport. Organizations providing tennis and other outreach programs to youth ages 18 and younger are invited to participate in The Grand Slam Tennis Jam. Youth 18 and under that register as part of a group or program will receive a free ticket to the day session matches on the 14th where they will see some of the world's best female players in action as they vie for the coveted Bank of the West Classic title. In addition, they will receive a free bag lunch compliments of Bank of the West and be able to enjoy a full array of other activities.

As part of the event, kids will participate in an assortment of activities including a variety of interactive mini tennis courts, Nintendo Wii tennis, DJ music, raffles for prizes, face painters, snow cones and other fun activities for players of all ability levels. Participants will also have the chance to be up close and personal with some of the Sony Ericsson WTA players who will be stopping by the Plaza to meet the kids.

In its 38th year, The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Olympus US Open Series. The Bank of the West Classic is a well-established Bay Area event held on Stanford University's campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium providing world-class entertainment for all ages.

For more information or to register for the Grand Slam Tennis Jam, please visit: www.ustanorcal.com/Events/grandslamtennisjam.asp.

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Membership in the USTA Northern California is beneficial for anyone who plays tennis, whether a beginner, a pro or a fan. A USTA membership gives members access to tennis programs, including leagues and tournaments, and special tennis events along with special discounts and promotions. A one-year USTA membership costs just $40. Visit www.norcal.usta.com/join for more information or to sign up.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. A not-for-profit organization with over 700,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information on the USTA, log on to www.usta.com.

USTA Northern California, located in Alameda, California, is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization with over 37,000 adult members, over 8,000 junior members and approximately 700 organization members throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. USTA Northern California is one of the 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association. For more information on USTA Northern California, log on to www.norcal.usta.com.

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