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Viking Creates the Viking Academy
5-1-2003

Viking Athletics is very excited to announce the creation of the Viking Academy and the enhancement of Viking sponsored platform tennis instructional clinics.

For the past eight seasons Viking Athletics has sponsored many different instructional "camps" across the country, many more than its competition combined. These camps have featured many top ranked professionals, certified instructors, and other top rated teachers. Starting in August 2003... Viking has decided to combine its efforts under one umbrella and has created the new Viking Academy.

Off the court, the Academy will have a large presence on the web. The site www.VikingAcademy.com, which will be fully operational on or before August 1, 2003, will provide contact information, schedules, and playing tips, from and about the Academy trainers. The Academy believes the educational process does not end when a student leaves the court, but rather is continuum of ideas and methods that stretch throughout the season. As such, clinic participants will be encouraged to visit the site for playing tips and will be emailed tips throughout the season as an ongoing part of the Academy’s instructional process and commitment to excellence.

"It is Viking’s goal to bring together the best trainers in platform tennis to host instructional clinics around the country for the betterment and growth of the platform tennis community." David C. Kjeldsen, CEO, Viking Athletics.

Currently, the following trainers and clinics are part of the Viking Academy. John Milbank, Dave Ohlmuller, Bob Considine, Chris Gambino, Martin Sturgess, Bob Callaway, Rusty Wright, Marina Ohlmuller; Kick-off Camps featuring Connie Jones, Robin Fulton, Sheri Shea, and Brad Easterbrook; Hogan Platform Camps featuring Patty Hogan; MRM Clinics featuring Mike Marino, Mike Rahaley, and Scott Mansager; Plainfield Camps featuring Guy Moore, Bobo Delaney, and Tim Mangan. Check out the Academy website for additional clinics.

"Combined, Viking Academy trainers and instructors have over 50 National platform tennis titles!" Dave Ohlmuller, National Sales Manager, Viking Athletics and current Men’s National Champion.

The Academy’s mission is to instill in the Academy students the same passion for the game of platform tennis as the trainers possess. It is the Academy’s goal to train over 2,500 participants during the first year. By utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and methods, Academy students will not only improve their playing skills, but also will gain invaluable insights into the wonderful sport of platform tennis.

In addition, Viking is pleased to announce the following leagues around the country have already designated the Viking Academy as their official instructional clinic provider: New Jersey Men’s Platform Tennis Association, New Jersey Women’s Platform Tennis League, Westchester Men’s Platform Tennis League, and the Greater Boston Platform Tennis League.

"I can’t imagine teaming the NJMPTA, with its 1,100 members, with any organization other than the undisputed leader in platform tennis and largest supporter of the sport, Viking." Jim Ward, President, New Jersey Men’s Platform Tennis League.

For more information, contact Dave Ohlmuller at Viking Athletics (800-280-1311) or visit us on the web at www.VikingAcademy.com.

e-mail:
daveo@vikingacademy.com
bob.considine@vikingacademy.com
john.milbank@vikingacademy.com

Earn your Horns...Become an Academy graduate starting in August, 2003!



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