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Charlie Garfinkel’s Racket Sports: Seminar will give insight into college scholarships

Do you have a child who you feel has a real affinity for the game of tennis? If you do you should be considering the possibility that they could be eligible to attain a collegiate tennis scholarship one day.

Miller Tennis Center’s Todd Miller and Lee Nickell, the head coach of the UB men’s tennis team, are going to present the definitive program to show you how to go about attaining a collegiate tennis scholarship for your child.

Miller Tennis Center, under the jurisdiction of Miller and Nickell, will be hosting a free program entitled “The Pathway to College Tennis and How to Earn a Collegiate Tennis Scholarship.” Junior players from the ages of 10-18, their parents, high school coaches, and local teaching professionals are invited to attend the program that is free of charge. It will be a valuable seminar as Miller and Nickell are recognized as two individuals who are greatly attuned to the ins and outs of college tennis recruiting. The program will take place on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Tennis Center, 5959 Sheridan Dr. in Williamsville.

To secure your admission to the event you must email the club at by Saturday.

Miller is one of 33 “International Master Professionals” in the world. Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, two of the all-time greatest players in tennis annals, also earned “International Master Professional” status. Miller, who is in five Hall of Fames, has directed a huge junior tennis program for 36 years. During that time he has coached hundreds of junior players who have earned collegiate tennis scholarships.

Lee Nickell is one of the most respected tennis coaches in the eastern United States. He was formerly ranked in the top 100 collegiate tennis players in the country when he played for Furman University. After assistant coaching positions at Fresno State and top-12 ranked Alabama, Nickell became UB’s men’s head coach in 2009. In his six years at UB the team has reached the Mid-American Conference finals four times and captured the overall men’s tournament championship for the first time in school history this past year. He has also won the MAC Coach or the Year award twice.

Miller will be presenting a free booklet to all of the participants that includes collegiate programs for both men and women, the location of each school, and the makeup of every conference in Division I, II, III NAIA and junior colleges. Miller will also discuss what you should do if you want to play collegiate tennis. Members of his staff will discuss all aspects of junior tournament play.

“For years, we have presented a wide array of educational and entertaining offerings to the local tennis community, “ Miller said. “I am sure that you will find the presentation both enjoyable and extremely informative.”

Nickell will be discussing the protocol in which junior tennis players should follow to become a collegiate tennis player and hopefully achieve a tennis scholarship. He will also give you further knowledge of all divisions, will explain why getting exposure in tournaments is so important, and when and how juniors and their parents should talk to college coaches, how to use websites and other services that could be a big help.

Last, but certainly not least, Nickell will discuss the best way to train, both on and off the court, to advance to the college level.