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That Championship Series Season

Brent Boostrom
Brent Boostrom, president of the University of
Central Florida Club Tennis Team and founder of
the USTA Florida Campus Championship Series.

The USTA Florida Campus Championship Sereis is a collegiate club tennis league that has rocked the Tennis On Campus world.  Instead of highlighting dual matches between schools, the Campus Championship Series emphasizes team tournament play.  Its season is comprised of one large tournament per month that each participating team volunteers to host once per year.  These tournaments regularly see more than 100 individual participants and up to 16 different schools represented.  The host team is allowed to determine the format.  So far, the Campus Championship Series has showcased World TeamTennis; singles, doubles, and mixed doubles draws; and a modified Davis Cup format.

"The Series is designed so each tournament will have a different format to test teamwork, the depth of a school's roster, and abilities in singles and doubles," says Brent Boostrom, president of the Univerisity of Central Florida (UCF) Club Tennis Team, who created the Campus Championship Series in the fall of 2005 with the help of USTA Florida's Jodi Manning.

The Campus Championship Series has proved to be so popular that it has attracted schools from across Florida and as far away as Georgia Tech, Auburn, and the University of Tennessee.  "I want to see that any project or team that I am a part of exceeds all expectations," says Boostrom.  And it has most definitely exceeded all expectations - perhaps even his own.  Boostrom's model is going to be used in the USTA Southern California Section, where teams are now structuring their new league like the Championship Series.

It should come as no surprise that Boostrom's efforts are receiving recognition.  He won the USTA/NIRSA National Student Tennis Ace Award in 2004, and he was the runner-up for the same award in 2005.  A great deal of Boostrom's success stems from his involvement with UCF's recreational sports department and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).  In addition to being president of the UCF Club Tennis Team, he is president of the UCF Sport Club Council and serves as NIRSA's Florida student director.  Boostrom also volunteers on the USTA Florida Recreation Tennis Council and is involved with First Serve, a program devoted to teaching underprivileged children the game of tennis copule with tutoring.

In the Campus Championship Sereis' inaugural season, the UCF Club Tennis Team came in first place - which led to a No. 1 seed in the USTA Campus Championship - Florida.  There, the team secured its place at the USTA National Campus Championship in Austin, Texas, on April 20-22 by winning the tournament convincingly.

To set up a match with UCF, contact Boostrom at brent@knightstennis.com.  To visit the UCF Club Tennis Team website, go to http://www.knightstennis.com/club.htm.  And to visit the USTA Florida Campus Championship Series, go to http://www.knightstennis.com/CCS/ccshome.htm.

Daytona Cup
Participants at the fall 2005 Daytona Cup from the University of Central Florida, Georgia Tech, University of South Florida, University of
Miami, and Flagler College.