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Governor Fletcher Proclaims May as Tennis Month in Kentucky

May 2, 2007 04:42 PM
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky is excited to announce that Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a proclamation declaring May 2007 as Tennis Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on April 20. Through this proclamation, Governor Fletcher urges all citizens to work together to raise awareness of tennis and maximize its social and health benefits by participating in the sport.

USTA Kentucky recently partnered with the Governor’s Office of Wellness and Physical Activity (GOWPA) and the Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK) initiative to promote upcoming Tennis Block Party events in the month of May. These events aim to introduce people to the sport of tennis and its many social and health benefits.

Get Healthy Kentucky, which is administered by GOWPA, was designed by Governor Ernie Fletcher as a statewide wellness initiative. The three main components of the program – physical activity, healthy eating and avoiding tobacco products – devise a wellness model centered on prevention of degenerative diseases such diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In recent months, Governor Fletcher has traveled the state, educating the public about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging Kentuckians to become Get Healthy Kentucky members. In addition, GOWPA has formed partnerships with a host of organizations, like USTA, on a variety of events that promote physical activity.

“We’re excited about partnering with the USTA to get more people playing tennis, a rigorous and rewarding physical activity,” said Chris L. Corbin, GHK’s executive director. “This is a great way to get more people out and being active – one of the key goals of Get Healthy Kentucky.”

“Tennis is the sport for a lifetime with many positive health benefits,” said Sharon Rahman, USTA Kentucky Executive Director. “We are excited the Governor Fletcher and GOWPA have partnered with us to promote our sport and hope all Kentuckians will celebrate May as Tennis Month.”




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