Lake Nona to Serve as New USPTA Headquarters
LAKE NONA, Fla.
– Lake Nona, one of the top 10 fastest growing communities in America, has announced that the Lake Nona Sports & Performance District will become the home of the USPTA. In addition to being the new home to the USPTA, Lake Nona’s Sports & Performance District will be home to the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Campus, the largest tennis facility in the country with more than 100 courts, and Major League Soccer’s Orlando City Soccer Club’s Training Center and Elite Youth Academy, which are both currently under construction.
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches, and promotes a greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including on-court liability insurance, health insurance assistance and a retirement plan. Approximately 13,500 USPTA members work in the United States. The rest represent more than 80 countries around the world.
The single-story, 10,000-square-foot building, which will be home to approximately 20 members of the USPTA staff, will house a technologically driven office space and lab for learning and training. In addition, the space features an in-house multimedia studio that will allow for TV production, including “On Court with USPTA,” which airs on the Tennis Channel.
“We are excited to have an elite organization like the USPTA call Lake Nona their home,” said Andy Odenbach, vice president of sports ventures for Tavistock Development Company, developer of the 11-square-mile Lake Nona community. “We are glad that they will play a meaningful role at the epicenter of tennis in the US taking advantage of an environment that will help service their more than 15,000 members.”
“Relocating our worldwide headquarters after 25 years of being in Houston to the USTA’s new Home of American Tennis in Lake Nona is game-changing for our association,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “We look forward to this new chapter as we celebrate our 90th birthday in 2017 at our new facility that will be both inspiring and technologically advanced.”
The Lake Nona Sports & Performance District offers a forward-thinking platform for sports and performance related organizations in training, nutrition, human performance and health technology with unique resources including: a gigabit fiber network for fitness, sports and performance applications and high-bandwidth video, sports medicine practices in conjunction with Lake Nona Medical City partners, where marketing firms and manufacturers will be able to test their products and services.
About the USPTA
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and promotes a greater awareness of the sport.