Destin ES Sets World Record Tennis Lesson

Destin Elementary School set a new world record on Thursday, October 30, 2014 for the largest tennis lesson given at one time when 840 children participated in the lesson held on the school’s sports field. 

The record was held previously by Northern Vision in partnership with Liverpool Tennis Foundation (both UK) in Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, on June 18, 2014 with a lesson that consisted of 680 participants.

Destin Elementary School partnered with the City of Destin, the USTA Florida Section Foundation, Merlin’s Pizza, On The Coast Magazine, the Destin Wedding Co., and Signchick Signs to pull this extraordinary event together.  The USTA Florida Section Foundation also donated $3,500 worth of equipment for the lesson.

“I want to give a great big thank you to the City of Destin and their Recreation Department, and Tennis professional, Pat Markey, who coordinated our World Record Event,” said Principal Janet Stein.  “Pat also created the lesson plans and orchestrated the final world record attempt.  Our amazing PE coach, Linda Watson, and her two assistants, Tammy Jacobson and Megan Hall supported Pat Markey with the lesson and the organization of our World Record Event.”

Stein continued, “I would like to thank all of our partners and the volunteers it took to make this possible.  Local Tennis Professionals from Top’sl, Sandestin, Hidden Dunes, and Seascape all helped out.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support tennis in our Destin community!”

The school will be listed in the Guinness World Records book!

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