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壮哉!“明日之星”十年艰辛发展路创佳绩无数
10th YEAR REPORT REVEALS STAGGERING “SWING FOR THE STARS” PARTICIPATION NUMBERS

作者: 点击率:139 发布时间:2016-12-08 17:17:44

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         2007 年的盛夏,4名12岁以下的小球员以及2名青少年球员教练在“比格”员工的陪同下飞往斐名世界的朗伍德网球俱乐部。该俱乐部位于美国马塞诸塞州波士顿的郊区栗树山中,在这儿举办了首届戴维斯杯,而此时“明日之星”国际训练营也在如火如荼的举行。鉴于此次活动的成功经历,数月后的2008年4月28日在北京匠心之轮国际网球学校,中国网鞋、梅赛德斯-奔驰以及北京“比格”公司共同举办了盛大的新闻发布会,宣布梅赛德斯-奔驰“明日之星”青少年网球项目正式开启。同日,首届“明日之星”全国青少年网球教练研讨会以及训练营也正式开启。
        时光如梭,十年后我们在这里再度庆祝又一个梅赛德斯-奔驰“明日之星”赛季的成功结束。在2010年,“明日之星”青少年网球项目就已经获得了国家体育总局“全国青少年体育推广第一项目”的赞誉,而如今我认为也十分有必要来盘点下过去十年该项目所取得的成就。
        在过去的十年里,“明日之星”的足迹遍布了全国40座城市,将网球介绍给青少年,将迷你网球项目带入学校,不仅带去了一堂堂精彩的教学,更留下了由受美国网协颁奖盛赞的著名网球教练杰夫•贝勒普和“明日之星”团队共同编撰的《“明日之星”青少年网球和体能训练手册》。
        共有超过5000名12岁以下的青少年球员参与到梅赛德斯-奔驰“明日之星”在全国和世界各地(美国、澳大利亚以及克罗地亚)所举办的高水平青少年网球教学活动和训练营。在过往的十年中,我们见证了中国青少年球员的茁壮成长和所取得的惊人成绩,郑赛赛在青奥会中夺得了金牌,而吴易昺近期更来到了国际网联青少年世界排名的第10位。
        球场上所取得的成绩已经令我们兴奋,但关于网球本身的发展则更为重要。梅赛德斯-奔驰“明日之星”校园网球项目让多达113600名小学生在校园里得到接触迷你网球、了解网球项目的机会。在学校领导的配合下,该项目所做的网球推广项目已经辐射覆盖到多达6000000名学生和他们的家庭成员。
        数据从不会说谎!梅赛德斯-奔驰“明日之星”绝对是青少年网球推广的“王牌项目”。在此我们衷心地感谢中国网球协会、各省网球协会以及参与学校的大力支持与配合,更感谢一直以来的冠名赞助商梅赛德斯-奔驰以及天龙网球、浪琴表和《网球大师》杂志等赞助商的鼎力相助。当然我们也没有忘记曾经的赞助商邓禄普网球、安踏、德尔惠所付出的一切。如今“明日之星”取得了我们未曾想过的高度,对支持和帮助过该项目的组织、品牌和公司我们的感谢之情溢于言表。
        于此同时我们也要感谢“明日之星”的教练团队:杰夫•贝勒普(Jeff Bearup,美国)、乔什•里拉(Josh Rilla,美国)、安德鲁•唐尼基齐(Andrej Tonejc,克罗地亚)以及乔•麦卡锡(Joe McCarthy,澳大利亚)等。正是他们给我们的青少年球员们带来了国际级的网球训练理念和最新技术。
        当然最后,我和林女士还要感谢我们的“比格”团队、教练员们和其他员工,他们在“明日之星”项目负责人祝业兴的带领下,从项目创办伊始就付出了艰辛的劳动和超长的时间,确保参与其中的每一名小学员都获得细致的关怀并得到足够的指导来成为真正的“明日之星”!


It was the summer of 2007 when 4 young 12/u players and 2 junior coaches boarded an airplane along with BIG staff and headed off to the world renowned Longwood Tennis Club (home to the first Davis Cup) located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston (Massachusetts) for the inaugural “Swing for the Stars” International Camp. Based on that successful experience, several months later on April 28th 2008 at Potters Wheel International Tennis School (Beijing), CTA, Mercedes-Benz & Beijing International Group held a huge press conference to formally announce the launch of the Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” Junior Tennis Program. Along with the media event, the first “SFS” National Junior Coaches Seminar (that was viewed via live steaming by 780 junior coaches) and “SFS” National Junior Camp were held.
So now here we are 10 years later as we conclude another successful Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” season. We thought it would be an interesting exercise to review the numbers of our 10-year program that in 2010 received special recognition by the National Sports Bureau as China’s #1 junior sports development program.
“SFS” has brought high performance junior tennis instruction and introductory primary school mini-tennis instruction coast-to-coast establishing programs in 40 cities across China with at-site clinics & classes while leaving behind the critically-acclaimed “Swing for the Stars” Junior Tennis Training & Physical Training Manuals (along with providing annual material updates) created by “SFS” & USTA award winning international coach/consultant Jeff Bearup.
5,000 elite 12/u junior players have participated in Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” High Performance Junior Clinics & Camps at the local, national & international (USA, Australia & Croatia) levels. Over these past 10 years we have highlighted the fantastic accomplishments of our young Chinese players in national & international competition including Olympic junior singles champion Zheng Sai Sai up to most recently (highlighted in this issue) Wu Yi Bing entering the ITF World Top Ten!
While accomplishments on the court are fantastic news growing the game of tennis is, in our estimation, even more important. In this regard, the Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” Primary School Tennis Program has really excelled. 113, 600 primary school boys and girls have participated in in-school introductory mini-tennis programs. Due in no small part to the terrific cooperation of school headmasters, “Swing for the Stars” has been promoted in schools to more than 6,000,000 students plus family members!
Numbers do not lie! Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” is “King of Junior Tennis Instruction”! Our heartfelt thanks go out to China Tennis Association, China’s provincial tennis associations, and participating primary schools. Led by title sponsor Mercedes-Benz (with us all the way!) and our other present-day sponsors Teloon, Longines, &Tennis Masters Magazine along with past sponsors Dunlop, Anta, & Deerway, “Swing for the Stars” has reached unimaginable heights and words cannot fully express our gratitude for their contributions.
Equally our thanks go out to the “SFS” international coaching team of Jeff Bearup (USA) & Josh Rilla (USA), Andrej Tonejc (Croatia) & Joe McCarthy (Australia) along with their teams for bringing to our Chinese players the very best international tennis concepts & techniques.
Certainly, last but by far not least, Ms. Lin & I would like to recognize& thank our BIG Team, coaches & staff, led by “SFS” program director Zhu Yexing, who has headed up this program from the outset, for their dedication and long hours making sure that every Chinese child that participates in “SFS” has the loving care and guidance to “Swing for the Stars”!