USTA SmashZone Mobile Tour
US Open’s Premier Fan Interactive Attraction Stops at “Wings Over South Texas” Air Show to Introduce Tennis to Youth and Families
Next stop Kingsville, Texas. As part of the USTA SmashZone Mobile Tour, the premiere fan interactive attraction at the US Open has hit the road for a 23-city mobile tour and will next stop in Kingsville, Texas as part of the “Wings Over South Texas” Air Show, April 14-15.
The mobile tour includes a 53-foot trailer, which anchors four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. Courts which will feature games such as Rally Courts and a Target Challenge. The trailer itself, which is handicap accessible, will feature interactive activities for visitors that will include a Tennis Magazine Green Screen Cover Shoot, Wii Tennis and Touch Screen Kiosks.
SmashZone Mobile is a complement to the USTA’s ongoing youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis to introduce youth tennis to kids and parents across the country. The SmashZone engages audiences by introducing them to the game in a fun and interactive way by making stops at fairs, festivals, and air shows. Children will have the opportunity to play tennis games and allows participants to get a racquet in their hand from the start.
The 2012 Air Show at the Naval Air Station - Kingsville is headlined by the U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” flight demonstration team along with “Fat Albert Airlines” C-130, the “Leap Frogs” parachute team and a host of other military and civilian acts. The SmashZone will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the Air Show.
10 and Under Tennis is part of an effort to encourage young people across the country to get moving and start playing tennis. The initiative is geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s size. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.