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NJTL Regional Training at Sonoma State University

July 26, 2013 09:57 AM
Jeannie Schulz leads a group of campers through the Charles Schultz Peanuts Museum.
The boys met Charlie Brown at the Charles Schulz Museum.
The girls and their coaches at the 2013 NJTL camp.
NJTL Regional Training Camps give players the opportunity to attend a High Performance training camp that they would otherwise not be able to afford.  In July, USTA Northern California hosted 27 boys and 25 girls at Sonoma State University.  Players came from 4 USTA sections including USTA Socal, USTA Intermountain, USTA Hawaii and an NJTL in Las Vegas to take part in this great opportunity.
Training camp scholarships and airfare were provided to 8 boys and 5 girls traveling from other sections.  Top notch on court training was given by two highly regarded local veteran USTA NorCal coaches Carl Mendoza and Anna Kohtz during each week of camp.  Along with their team of well qualified NorCal coaching professionals, USTA National sent 2 High Performance coaches Donald Widener and Karin Bucholtz to add to the overall skill development and leadership activities. 
In addition to the great work done by all on-court, the USTA/NJTL Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) curriculum was utilized to break the ice during the first night at camp and enhance the chemistry between the players later in the week.
Both the boys and girls camps were treated to an offsite excursion to the Charles Schulz Peanuts Museum, 20 minutes away in Santa Rosa. The boys enjoyed touring around the museum making their own comic strip and following in Charles’ footsteps, literally.  The girls camp received a special treat as Jeannie Schulz (Charles Schulz's widow) herself gave them a personal tour of the facility and answered many questions from the eager young ladies attending the camp.  Jeannie was able to explain how much of a tennis fan she is and her husband was, which is evident in his comics where you can find many of the great Peanuts characters wearing tennis attire and swinging a racquet.
Each participant is very fortunate to receive a full scholarship to camp from the USTA/NorCal Section. Juniors were chosen based on GPA, family economic factors, NJTL participation, coaches recommendation and JNTRP skill level. Jon Fierabend, manager of NJTL programs for USTA/NorCal and camp administrator explained, "These players are here for a reason and I believe they really get a lot out the whole experience at SSU. They hopefully will retain this knowledge and take what they have learned back with them. They have all exchanged contact information and will keep in touch with the new friends with whom they have shared this experience."
If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of or know someone who would like to attend, be sure to check the USTA NorCal website for registration information in mid-January of 2014.



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