FORT MYERS, Fla. –
FGCU men’s tennis coach and assistant athletic director J. Webb Horton was recently featured in Tennis Life Magazine for his involvement in the Black Coaches & Administration (BCA) Youth Sports Development Clinic in Clearwater, Fla. over the summer.
Horton, also a member of the USTA Florida Diversity Committee, helped organize the event that was also put on by the City of Clearwater Sports & Recreation Department and the Suncoast Tennis Foundation.
The full article from Page 28 of the September issue with Serena Williams on the cover is below.
The USTA Florida Section, City of Clearwater Sports & Recreation Department and the Suncoast Tennis Foundation organized and hosted the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) Youth Sports Development Clinic on June 5, 2010, in Clearwater, with tennis held at the Coachman Ridge city courts. The sports clinic was free and designed to promote healthy living, sport participation, and foster interaction between members of the BCA and youth ages 8-13.
The event included Quickstart Tennis clinics for local children who received backpacks, tennis balls and other equipment. Participants also discussed diversity in tennis and moving forward in partnerships between the various local, state and national tennis organizations.
“I was so pleased to be a part of this wonderful event and help introduce tennis to so many deserving children,” said Judy Foster, executive director of Suncoast Tennis Foundation. “It was a day filled with smiles, laughter and lots of warm feelings and hugs. I was proud to represent USTA Florida and the Suncoast Tennis Foundation and know the BCA greatly appreciated our assistance.”
USTA Florida Diversity Committee Council Member J. Webb Horton, assistant athletic director and head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis program, also organized the event and was instrumental years back in getting tennis back on the radar of the Black Coaches Association.
“With the BCA and the USTA we’re just really trying to spread the word about tennis and we’ve had a real good working relationship,” Horton said. “We’re also trying to extend this relationship to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), because to get these groups to function together will help tennis. At the Midwest section, when they have their minority coaches convention in May, one of the panelists was Kevin Clayton, who is the USTA national diversity director. So there was a great opportunity to expose minority tennis teachers and some professional teachers, because many of them didn’t know what the BCA was. They were able to ask Kevin Clayton some direct questions about what’s going on relative to diversity in the USTA. It was a great opportunity, and Kevin Clayton I think has been getting out and spreading the word about diversity, and getting it moving in the right direction in inclusiveness with the USTA.”