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APTA-sponsored Clinics Bring Smiles to Denver
October 9, 2012
The Denver area got a much-needed lift on Saturday, October 6, compliments of the American Platform Tennis Association, Wilson Sports and Viking Paddle Sports. After a summer of oppressive heat, forest fires too close to home and a horrific mass shooting, Colorado paddle players were treated to a real dose of fun by four wonderful paddle professionals. Team leader, Mark Fischl, was joined by Anton Mavrin, Johan du Randt and Karl Levanat for a full day of clinics followed by an exhibition match hosted by Arapahoe Tennis Club.
In line with its “Grow the Game” initiative, the APTA tasked this group with promoting the sport in an area ripe for growth. The pros were faced with five consecutive 90-minute clinics that saw 6-8 players on each court. Undaunted, the pros showed incredible energy and passion throughout the day as they covered the fundamentals with kids and adults from total beginners to tournament players. Players leaving the courts in such great spirits helped fuel the excitement for the players about to enter.
Once the pros finished their last clinic of the day, team Mom/hostess, Deedee Schneiders, tossed each of them a banana as they headed to the show court to prepare to play. As guests enjoyed happy hour, their attention was quickly attracted to the high level of paddle being played. The teams of Mavrin and Levanat took on du Randt and Fischl, who all wowed the crowd with their miraculous digs, crooked spin, hammered drives, all answered by crisp volleys.
Event coordinator, Cary Hodges, was able to attract players from all over the state with players attending from Boulder, Vail, Colorado Springs and the greater Denver area. At the end of the day, 130 players had come and gone, each of them with a smile on their face.
Thanks APTA for helping us launch our season with fresh faces and new smiles!