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The Board of Directors has once again voted to help get District 9 youth to the Youth Nationals in Atlanta this summer. The Board will pay all entry fees during the Youth event August 1 through August 3, 2013. The District will also provide a stipend of an amount up to $500 for each youth. Please note: The actual amount of the grant to each participant will depend on the number of applications received. The grant will be given to the applicant after the event and must be supported with receipts. If you are unable to advance the money for the trip, send a letter to Nancy Hagerty explaining the circumstances no later than April 1, 2013. The Board wants to be sure that no player is left out of the competition because of a lack of finances.
 
In order to qualify for the stipend, you must play in at least four of the six possible Youth National sessions available August 1 - 3. All youth seeking stipends must fill out the application below and send it to the District Education Chair (Nancy Hagerty) no later than April 1, 2013.

Grant applicaton for Atlanta YNABC Adobe PDF file
Philadelphia Youth Nationals results for Florida youth
Sunday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Saturday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Friday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Thursday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Toronto Youth Nationals results for Florida youth
Sunday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Saturday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Friday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Thursday's Bulletin Adobe PDF file
Many of Florida’s junior players have graduated from the Youth Nationals and are playing in open events.  Among those players who had a very successful tournament in Toronto are Adam Kaplan (Port Richey, FL) and Jesse Stern (Lutz, FL).  Adam earned a total of 107.11 master points over the 10 day tournament.   Events in which he did well included placing 16th in the NABC Fast Pairs and his team winning the A/X Swiss on Sunday.  Jesse and his partner, Sharon Horton, placed 25th in the Werner Open Pairs.  Job well done juniors!
Click here for NY Times article on Youth Movement in Bridge:
Gatlinburg Youth Symposium video: www.bridgewinners.com
Go to the home page, scroll down to the article "Spotlight: Youth Bridge."
 
Florida Junior Bridge enhances children’s analytical skills, helps to improve their academic performance, and their problem-solving ability by teaching them bridge. Bridge is a unique way of fostering social interaction and teamwork among youth. Our students will develop self-reliance and enhance their social skills, while building trust and confidence with a partner. They will discover how to succeed, just as they would in any sports program. Moreover, there are no socioeconomic or physical boundaries to learning bridge.
Research on school-age children who learn bridge indicates that they show increased scores in math, reading, logic and comprehension. They also show improved short-term memory retention.
Children will discover, in bridge, an opportunity for excellence which will be available to them all of their lives. Please join us in continuing our efforts.
Florida Jr. Bridge
Call Carla Burke at (850) 261-2657 or email her at Burkeartmanager@msn.com for local area contacts.
 
 
 
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