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Some Info: Latest GCTA News . SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017. GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championship Winners. The Greater Columbus Tennis Association Clay Court Championship was held ... Tennis Scores for Women Men   GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championship Winners The Greater Columbus Tennis Association Clay Court Championship was held from August 11 13 at the Worthington Hills Country Club and the Brookside County Club Tennis Fundamentals Doubles This third annual event featured great play and dryer weather than in previous years The Saturday evening GCTA membership party at Brookside was also a success It featured music from the Blue Cats a three piece bluesjazz band Joey Frank Philip Diaz Click to enlarge GCTA Clay Courts Party Click to enlarge The winners in each group were Womens Draws 2 5 Nellen Lo Sondra Barklay 3 0 Sharron Evanko Elena Sanders 3 5 Jennifer Rittenberry Carol Davis 4 0 Jodi Rhodes Missy Grether Mixed Draws 7 0 and above John & Heather Lindaman Mens Draws 3 0 Jonathan Taylor Dan Taylor 3 5 Jerry Williams Sriram Srinivasan 4 0 Steve Craver Steve Scherer Open Riyad Bennoui Skylar Engel Silver Sid Couling RJ LeMaster Platinum Mike Hardesty Frank Heil Thanks to everyone who came and participated Register to Play Attend GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championships and GCTA Membership Party The Columbus Clay Court Doubles Championship and Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA Membership Party is right around the corner The tournament takes place from August 11 to 13 The GCTA Membership Party is on Saturday August 12 at 500pm The deadline to register for the tournament andor the party is Monday August 7th GCTA Clay Courts Awards Click to enlarge The event will take place at Brookside Country Club 2770 West Dublin Granville Rd Columbus 43235 There will be seven womens and eight mens divisions to accommodate a wide range of skill levels We have added a mixed doubles division this year The cost to participate is 20 for GCTA members and 35 for nonGCTA members Click to register for the tournament Note that your team needs to register by August 7th The GCTA Membership Party will follow tournament play on Saturday August 12 Click on RSVP to register for the party Please include the names of the attendees under Comments The Blue Cats a three piece bluesjazz band will perform at the Membership party between 6 and 9pm The band includes the GCTAs own Terry Finneran There will be a cash bar and grill available There will also be complimentary bar snacks such as nuts pretzels salsa and chips The party is free for GCTA members Again please RSVP for the party by August 7th GCTA Summer Action Summertime sees GCTA in full swing Our Men’s and Women’s leagues play 7 days a week You can find the schedules for all of our teams’ matches at Tenniscores com Click for more information about the Men’s League For the Women’s League click Women Westerville Lazelle & Lakes CC Click to enlarge The picture to the right is of the Westerville Lazelle and Lakes Country Club 3 5 Career Teams as they prepare for a match They are lr back row Lisa Hartig Pam Smith Alica Brombacher Chelsea Sharp Becky Savage and Gabrielle Ariser front row Carrie Kramer Alisa Disalvo Holly Besold Maria Crotty Beth Jerauld and Stephanie Mauger GCTA is also in the midst of the Youth Team Tennis YTT season This weekly activity introduces kids 10 and under to tennis with age appropriate equipment and fun fast paced games Currently we have 125 participants in Westerville 50 in Dublin 30 in Hilliard and 95 in Southwest programs that run six weeks Erin Ortman Hilliard program director says that Hilliard HS tennis players volunteer with the YTT participants and encourage the youngsters to continue on with the sport into Middle School What a great way to introduce and get kids excited about tennis Columbus Wins Ohio Valley Cup 7 Years Straight As the Columbus juniors competing for the Ohio Valley Cup can attest winning never gets old This group extends Columbus winning streak to seven years Click to enlarge As shown on the picture team members this year included Erin Storrer Lalasa Nagireddy Paige Kompa Jordan Phelps Stu Brdicka Bryan Yoshino and Alex Heiden The team was coached by Tyler Stephen and Steve Metzmaier The links above go to the players OTZ high school profiles USTA League Information For those interested in being part of a USTA league more information is listed in each of the flyers below Click for more information For any local questions contact Susan Storrer at susanstorrer gmail com Signup Now for Youth Team Tennis GCTA Middle School League More snow is probably still on the way but dont let that prevent you from enrolling your children in great summer tennis tennis activities now Click for more information There will be three Youth Team Tennis events in the Columbus area They are at Dublin Westerville and Worthington Youth Team Tennis is for grades 16 Click the above links or the images to the right for more information There is also a GCTA Middle School Summer Tennis League for grades 58 This will take place at the Westerville Central courts Click for more information Please signup quickly These activities are very popular and spots are limited   Winter Parties Planned Summer tennis is still a few months away but that does not deter the GCTA from having several fun tennis activities February 25 Winter Party Click to enlarge The Greater Columbus Tennis Association will have three tennis parties again this winter There will be two Ladies parties on January 28 and February 25 There will be a Mixed party on February 11 All of the parties will take place at the Racquet Club of Columbus on Bethel Road Watch for emails with more details coming soon If you are new to the area or if you are unsure if your name is on the GCTA mailing list please submit a Feedback message Please respond quickly after receiving the email These parties are very popular and spots are limited GCTA Clay Court Results Draws Information The GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championships are underway and matches are onslate for this weekend There are 55 mens and 40 womens doubles teams competing To view the most recent results draws and start times please click on the links in the table Clay CourtChampionship Draws Womens Mens All Levels Open and Platinum 3 0 3 5 4 0 Silver Gold Please note the following guidelines rules for the tournament Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled match time 10 minute warm up Each level draw will be limited to the first 16 doubles teams that register Matches will be played best out of three sets A two minute break will be given between the 2nd and 3rd sets in the case of split sets The third set will be determined by a 10 point match tiebreaker There will be a two match per day limit with a single elimination format Matches will begin on Friday evening and conclude on Sunday evening All GCTA Rules apply with tournament director’s discretion Refer to the www tenniscores com site for inclement weather updates Special thanks to Racquet Club for allowing play to resume on Sunday at their indoor facility The rain would just not stop Also a big thank you to our grand slam sponsor Massucci Law Group The GCTA Membership Appreciation Party and Awards Ceremony followed tournament play on Saturday Register to Play Attend GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championships and GCTA Membership Party The Columbus Clay Court Doubles Championship and GCTA Membership Party is right around the corner The tournament takes place from August 12 to 14 The GCTA Membership Party is on August 13 at 500pm The deadline to enter is August 5th The event will take place at Brookside Country Club 2770 West Dublin Granville Rd Columbus 43235 There will be six womens and seven mens divisions to accommodate a wide range of skill levels Click to register now Note that both doubles players need to register by August 5th The GCTA Membership Appreciation Party and Awards Ceremony will follow tournament play on Saturday August 13 Click on Contact to RSVP for the party Again please register by August 5th USTA Flex League Registration is Now Open Registration is now open for the springsummer session of the USTA Flex League This singles league offers flexibility to those players who cannot commit to the same day and time every week For more information about the Adult Flex Leagues click to view the USTA pdf document   John Campbell January 11 1939 April 10 2016 The GCTA lost one of our stalwart members on April 10 John Campbell succumbed to cancer after a long and valiant fight Through the years John had contributed much to the Columbus tennis community and was recognized with the 2006 Promotion of Tennis Award John was an integral part of the creation and maintenance of the Champions Tennis program   This facility was renamed in 2015 The John Campbell Tennis Center in his honor John’s energy and enthusiasm will be missed   Johns obituary follows Click to enlarge John W Campbell of Westerville Ohio died peacefully after a courageous fight with cancer on April 10 2016 at the age of 77 Survived by wife Betty son Kyle Cindy daughter Lisa stepchildren Terri Scott Kim Tom Pat Cheryl Mike Jenny 14 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren siblings Brenda and Wayne and numerous friends Preceded in death by his parents John & Orpha Campbell John was born in Logan Ohio on January 11 1939 and graduated from Otterbein University in 1962 with a degree in Education where he was a member of the Country Club Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity John was a Teacher in Central Ohio for 30 years until he retired to be able to spend his time doing the things he loved He was an avid tennis player active and dedicated member of the Westerville Lions Club a 40 year OHSAA Referee and was also a 45 year member of the American Baptist Church of Westerville He enjoyed volunteering his time for numerous organizations including Otterbein O Club The Central District Basketball Tournament and ChampionsOlympic Tennis Club He shared a love for all sports playing coaching and refereeing watching and ruthlessly rooting for the Yankees and Bengals From his outgoing personality and love of people John had never met a stranger The family would like to thank the staff from the Ohio Health Hospice Center and everyone involved at the Kobacker House in Columbus Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME 55 E Schrock Road Westerville Thursday 24 and 68 p m Service will be held at American Baptist Church 401 E Schrock Road Westerville Friday at 11 a m Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Contributions may be made to Otterbein O Club or Westerville Lions Club Columbus 2016 Summer USTA League Tennis USTA League Tennis provides adult recreational tennis players throughout the Columbus area with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels Be a part of a team Meet new people Play new opponents Participate in competitive tennis Travel to matches and championships Challenge and improve your game Have fun For more information about the Summer Adult Leagues click to view the USTA pdf document   GCTA 2015 Award Winners The Inaugural Columbus Clay Court Championship tournament and Awards Ceremony was blessed with beautiful weather and great tennis competition  One hundred and three teams participated in the three day event held at Brookside Country Club in Worthington OH Complete tournament results are listed below Click on Photos to view pictures from the event On Saturday evening the GCTA All Member PartyAwards Ceremony highlighted the weekend events 2015 Award Winners Click to enlarge The Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA award recipients for this year are Jacob Wareti top junior boys player Kyra Jung and Audrey Berger top junior girls players and Dave Purpura Media Award Winner Columbus Academys Wareti was the D2 finalist at States Upper Arlingtons Jung and Berger won D1 States Doubles Purpura is a sports reporter for ThisWeekSports Congratulation to this years award winners GCTA Clay Court Championship Results The weather was hot but sunny as 50 womens and 53 mens doubles teams competed in the first annual GCTA Clay Court Championships Clay CourtChampionship Results Womens Mens Level 2 5 Level 3 0 Level 3 0 Level 3 5 Level 3 5 Level 4 0 Level 4 0 Level Gold Level 4 5 Level Silver Level Gold Level Platinum   Level Diamond   Level Open In the marquis events Philip Diaz Jr and Joey Frank won the Mens Open Championship by defeating Luke Buchanan and C J Martin in the finals In Womens 4 5 L Brown and L Reisz won the three team roundrobin tournament Click on the links to the right to view the results for all of the tournaments Ed Amos Ace with Love Program Just about every Saturday morning in the summer for the past 20 years Ed Amos can be found on the Wolfe Park tennis courts Hundreds of young tennis players have passed through the “doors” of his Ace with Love program  Ace with Love focuses on tennis fundamentals and player development by stressing proper nutrition exercise selfrespect respect for others good sportsmanship anger management and academic excellence Ed Amos podium wsunglasses Click to enlarge Saturday’s celebration of Coach Ed’s 20 years of service to this community brought many of his former tennis players and parents to Wolfe Park to say thank you to the man who was their coach their friend their mentor In return Coach Ed thanked the many coaches and volunteers who make this program possible The GCTA is a proud supporter of the Ace with Love program and Coach Ed Amos Here’s to 20 more years The Inaugural GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championships and GCTA Member Party As many of you know The Greater Columbus Tennis Association was named the United States Tennis Association’s Community Tennis Association of the Year Come help us celebrate this great honor at “The Inaugural GCTA Columbus Clay Court Championships” to be held August 14th16th at Brookside Country Club and the allmember party on Saturday August 15th   This tournament will give every GCTA member at every team level the opportunity to compete for the title of “Columbus City Champion”  The tournament will be run over one weekend with each player receiving a participation gift and each level having a team to be crowned as “City Champion ” The tournament will also include a yearend party for all GCTA members to showcase Columbus tennis at its best   This event party is to thank all GCTA members and to show our members all the great things the GCTA does all year long and how your contribution impacts so many people   The party will be held at Brookside Country Club 2770 West Dublin Granville Rd Tennis Fundamentals Doubles Columbus 43235 on Saturday August 15th at 5pm and will include complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar Click to read all of the details and to register Champions Tennis Club Article The Columbus Dispatch recently published an article about the Champions Tennis Club Click to read the article titled Tennis club members maintain claycourt tennis center Champions 3 5 2014 Team Click to enlarge Every morning of the week you will find avid tennis players hitting the ball at the clubs location on 3900 Westerville Road For more details about the club click on Champions Tennis Club USTA Flex League Registration is Now Open Registration is now open for the July August session and the deadline to register is 12 midnight on Tuesday June 30th For more information about the Flex League and to complete the registration process click on www ustaflex com Buddy Up Tennis to Host Gala Celebration Buddy Up Tennis Inc will host its inaugural Gala Celebration A Sure Bet on Saturday February 28 2015 630pm at The Vue 95 Liberty Street Columbus Ohio Proceeds from the Vegasthemed event will directly benefit Buddy Up Tennis Inc a nonprofit organization which provides individuals with Down syndrome with a weekly adaptive program focused on tennis fitness and fun in 11 cities across seven states Buddy Up Tennis Click to enlarge The evening will begin with a cash bar reception where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy exciting casino games bid on unique silent auction items and mingle The reception will be followed by dinner and an informative program which will share the highlights accomplishments and future plans for Buddy Up Tennis Inc The special guest emcee for the event will be Sunny 95’s morning Disc Jockey Dino Tripodis The event is sold out but donations may be made online via the Buddy Up Tennis website – www buddyuptennis com Buddy Up Tennis was founded by GCTA Board Member Beth Gibson USTA Video about the GCTA On September 20th the GCTA hosted a videographer sent by the United State Tennis Association USTA His task was to create a 2 minute video to show at the November 8th awards presentation to inform the crowd why we were selected as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year USTA Video about the GCTA Click to view To get the full picture of our organization the crew visited Wickertree Tennis Club to video the Buddy Up Program which has been supported by GCTA grant funds since its beginning Next stop was Scarborough Tennis Club to talk with Ed Amos about his Ace with Love Program also a GCTA grant recipient Northam Park was the scene of Men’s and Women’s tennis matches which were used as a backdrop to illustrate our robust summer leagues Racquet Club and the Whetstone Park courts were also featured in the short film The finished product left no doubt as to the depth and breath of the GCTA and the Columbus tennis community Click to view the video Community Association of the Year Awarded The Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA was honored as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year at the USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop in Atlanta GA on Saturday November 8th lr Jim Snowden Terri Jones Shelby Rhyne Phil Diaz Click to enlarge Receiving the award on behalf of the GCTA were from the left VicePresident Jim Scowden Executive Director Terri Jones Shelby Rhyne and President Phil Diaz   Buddy Up Tennis Receives More Recognition Buddy Up Tennis continues to grow thanks to the efforts of Columbus Beth Gibson and a great group of volunteers The program which provides tennis instruction and play for those with Down Syndrome has expanded to eight U S locations Buddy Up Tennis Will Gibson & Aidan Elliott Click to enlarge Click to read this article from the USTA Foundation Beth is also a GCTA Board Member GCTA Awards Ceremony On Thursday September 25 2014 the Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA held its annual awards ceremony This event honors individuals in our area for their outstanding contributions to the Columbus tennis community as well as the Men’s & Women’s Summer League champions GCTA Award Recipients for 2014 Click to enlarge This year’s award recipients were Pam Brady Special Recognition Buddy Up Tennis Coaches Special Recognition Pat & Mark Anderson Special Recognition Shelby Rhyne Promotion of Tennis Fred Levy Promotion of Tennis Ben Gelber Media India Carter Columbus Recreation & Parks Jeffrey Melvin Male Junior Player of the Year Anna & Alexandra Sanford Female Junior Players of the Year Congratulations to these award winners Concluding the ceremony Joy Albi from the USTA Midwest Section office presented the GCTA with the USTA’s Community Tennis Association of the Year Award GCTA Honored at the US Open The GCTA was represented at the US Open on Friday August 29 by Executive Director Terri Jones Board Members Jane McMeekin Shirley Neibauer and Erin Ortman The GCTA representatives were invited to spend the Day Session in the exclusive Presidents Suite watching the Jankovic Venus Williams and Berdych matches from second row seats Between the second and third matches of the day the USTA announced the GCTA as the Community Tennis Association of the Year and showed the ladies on the jumbo scoreboard It was a very exciting and rewarding day We were treated as valued guests throughout the day and saw outstanding tennis Top Right Erin Ortman Shirley Neibauer Jane McMeekinTerri Jones Click to enlarge Jim and Kim Hendrix shared the excitement with us after we left the Presidents Suite and treated us to a glass of champagne to celebrate our honor   Thanks to all the hundreds of GCTA volunteers who made the award possible and to the Executive Committee for selecting the four of us to attend the Open GCTA Honored as the USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year The USTA announced that the GCTA was selected as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year According to the press release the GCTA has promoted the game of tennis as a healthful recreation and physical fitness in Columbus “As defined by the USTA Community Tennis Association is one ‘which supports or provides programs that promote the growth and development of the game of tennis’” cited Phil Diaz M D President of the GCTA “I believe we do an outstanding job of meeting this definition To be recognized by the USTA for this national award is a tremendous honor especially considering the many excellent community tennis associations across the country We are proud of what we do and the organizations we are able to help ” “The Greater Columbus Tennis Association defines what it means to be a great CTA” said Kurt Kamperman USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis “The GCTA doesn’t just provide major financial support for local tennis programs their members invest their time to make an impact on the residents of the community We are proud to honor the organization’s leaders and many volunteers with the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year Award ” Click to read the full press release from the USTA Otterbein Tennis Mark and Pat Anderson This spring Otterbein University saw both its men’s and women’s tennis teams winning their respective OAC Tournament Championships By winning the tournament both teams qualified for the Division III NCAA tournament This is the first time in school history that the tennis programs have made NCAA appearances The Otterbein men’s team is coached by GCTA board member Mark Anderson The women’s team is coached by his wife also a GCTA board member Pat Otterbeins Mark and Pat Anderson Click toenlarge The Otterbein University mens tennis team dropped out of the NCAA championships losing in the second round 50 to fifthranked Carnegie Mellon University Saturday in Monroeville Pa The womens tennis team ended its season with a 52 loss to Trinity University in the first round of the NCAA championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington Following this record setting season four members of both the mens and women’s teams received AllOhio Athletic Conference OAC honors for their performances throughout the season In addition to the honors earned by the athletes head coach Pat Anderson was named OAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career Anderson earned the honor last season and also in 2003 and 2001 and head coach Mark Anderson was named OAC Mens Tennis Coach of the Year a first for him in his sixyear career Click to read Mark Znidars Columbus Dispatch article Otterbein tennis Coaches competitive spirit a perfect marriage Nominations for GCTA Annual Awards Now Open Do you know someone in your tennis world who is making a difference A coach who goes the extra mile a student who creates a unique tennis opportunity a community leader who starts a new tennis program a family who is allin on the court an individual who makes your club a special place a media outlet who is covering our sport or a longtime leader in our tennis world Please consider nominating this person for an upcoming GCTA Annual Award 2013 Award Winners Top Canyon Teague Bill Rabinowitz Mitzi Niceswanger May Summers Sam Arisan 2nd Jacqueline Boggs Francesca DiLorenzo Quentine Pruneau the Sanford Family Click to enlarge Please click on the link below to find the nomination form on the GCTA Awards page You will also find the names of former award winners and copies of programs from previous Award Ceremonies Please fill out a nomination by Monday July 7 Return the attached form to Terri Jones GCTA Executive Director via email tj3535syahoo com Ohio Valley Cup Champions Again this year the GCTA Ohio Valley Cup team won the Ohio Valley Cub Championship Back row lr Coach Steve Metzmaier Eric Hunter Bryan Yoshino C J Cash Coach Tyler StephenFront row Alexia Meyer Anna Marie Reynolds Rhiannon James Mitchell Thai Audrey Berger Click to enlarge This makes the fourth year in a row that the team has brought the honor back to Columbus The team won the Ohio Valley Cup by going 30 in team matches Columbus defeated Charleston 91 MOVTA Mid Ohio Valley Tennis Association 100 and Cincinnati 100 Overall the team was 291 on the weekend Congratulations to the team and their coaches for another outstanding performance   GCTA Grant Monies Put to Good Use GCTA Grant money was put to good use last week at the Eagle Summer Tennis Camp at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury OH Kids in grades 48 were engaged in drills games singles and doubles play Eagle Tennis Camp participants Click to enlarge Coach Ryan Balaz called the program a “huge success” and hopes to see tennis in Sunbury area grow through camps like the annual Eagle Summer Tennis Camp Click to read more about Acquiring a Grant for Your Tennis Program   Jim Amick Appears on WTTE Television Segment Tennis in Columbus was highlighted on Thursday May 22 when Jim Amick our USTA Midwest Tennis Service Representative appeared on WTTE’s Good Day Columbus’ 900am segment Jim Amick Our USTA Midwest Tennis Service Rep Demonstrates 10&Under Tennis to WTTEs Shawn Ireland and Marshall McPeek Click to enlarge In the few short minutes that tennis was featured Jim managed to mention many of the USTA tennis opportunities available in the Columbus area including our Youth Team Tennis Junior Team Tennis and StartRestart programs Way to go Jim Click to view the television segment where Jim is interviewed by WTTEs Shawn Ireland and Marshall McPeek   GCTA Named the Midwest Community Tennis Association of the Year The USTAMidwest Section Community Tennis Association of the Year CTA Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding service rendered in the community served and in the growth and development of the sport of tennis GCTAs Jim Hendrix Shelby Rhyne Terri Jones and Les Varnado at the May 3rd Award Presentation Click to enlarge Columbus GCTA board members Jim Hendrix Shelby RhyneTerri Jones and Les Varnado were in Indianapolis to accept this prestigious award The GCTA is now entered into the running for National CTA of the Year Columbus Recreation & Parks Recognizes the GCTA At its April Quarterly meeting the Greater Columbus Tennis Association received a plaque of appreciation from the Columbus Recreation & Parks in thanks for the support GCTA have provided Columbus Parks and Recreation throughout the years CR&Ps Denica Bruce Presents GCTA President Phil Diaz with Plaque Click to enlarge The GCTA yearly budget includes over 13000 to help fund the CR&P’s tennis programs The GCTA is proud of its commitment to growing tennis in Columbus Ohio State University Mens Team Wins Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament Congratulations to the OSU Mens Team for winning their first ITA Championship OSU beat 12 Florida 13 Texas 1 Virginia and 3 USC to win the tournament which took place in Houston As a result Ohio State is now ranked 1 in the nation Top picture courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Bottom photo courtesy of Scott Gerber Click to enlarge While it is unusual for a coldweather school to win this tournament it is even more unusual given the makeup of the team Three players who are on Ohio States team grew up playing Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA tennis qualifiers Peter Kobelt Chris Diaz and Kevin Metka all competed with and against each other for years in Central Ohio junior tennis Also note that Kobelt New Albany Diaz Watterson and Metka Worthington Kilbourne played Ohio high school tennis for all four years This is rare in other states All three are included in the picture to the right as 2009 Central District State Qualifiers For more information about the tournament read Colette Lewis ZooTennis blog the OSU website and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association website Attending an Ohio State tennis match is like a tennis reunion To watch great tennis and see old tennis friends click to view the Mens schedule and Womens schedule Admission is free USTA Summer Adult Leagues It is not too early to be thinking about USTA Summer Adult Leagues Find Yourself in the Game Combo Mixed 18 & Over Adult 55 & Over and Adult 65 & Over leagues play matches in the Columbus area from June until August  FLEX Singles leagues are offered in two summer sessions  JuneJuly and AugustSeptember For more information click on the following documents USTA Summer League Tennis Rules and Regulations for 55 & Over Mixed and Combo Summer USTA League Tennis Flyer FLEX Singles Leagues USTA Tennis League Summer Captains Meeting Agenda Wednesday May 28 2014 USTA Midwest Section January Volunteer of the Month Each month the USTAMidwest Section features a volunteer who is making it happen at all levels Januarys volunteer of the month is Jacqueline Boggs of Pickerington Ohio Jacqueline Boggs USTAMidwest Section January Volunteer of the Month Click to enlarge A few years ago the USTA envisioned a master program called 10 and Under Tennis and decided to make it a priority all over the country There can be no better of example of “how to do it right” than Jacqueline Boggs and her Pick10Tennis program Starting two years ago Jacqueline began to play the role of tennis head cheerleader in her community of Pickerington which is a suburb of Columbus Through Jacqueline’s efforts hundreds of Pickerington elementary students and afterschool program participants are learning how much fun tennis can be Since most schools did not have tennis courts available Jacqueline has lined the 10 and Under Tennis court dimensions on her school parking lot so that teachers can use them as tennis courts Tennis didn’t stop in Pickerington when school let out Pick10Tennis organized three Midwest Youth Team Tennis teams summer camp clinics and offered an Adaptive Youth Tennis Camp and Youth Team Tennis Camps last fall In Jacqueline’s words “Tennis gives me amazing opportunities to give back to my community both through the schools and through other venues ” Jacqueline’s efforts in Pickerington will continue to promote tennis for years to come Jacqueline was the recipient of the 2013 Greater Columbus Promotion of Tennis Award Thank you Jacqueline for all that you do to promote tennis in the Columbus area John Campbell Tennis Center The temperature could not have been much above 30 degrees this afternoon but that did not stop over 50 people from coming to celebrate the naming of the tennis courts at The Champions Tennis Club to The John Campbell Tennis Center This is a fitting tribute to the man who has been responsible for the impressive resurgence of the club in recent years Picture 1 John Campbell Picture 2 lr Steve Ballman Mark Anderson John Campbell Richard Getz Jim Scowden and Charlie Getz Click to enlarge Only a few years ago the club was to be closed by the operating entity Columbus Recreation and Parks John Campbell spearheaded efforts that led to the courts being taken over by interested individuals who have continued to maintain the courts and organize tennis to this day Well no tennis today but expect tennis to return to the John Campbell Tennis Center in the spring Congratulations John 2013 GCTA Annual Awards Ceremony Each year the GCTA Board honors individuals who have significantly contributed to the greater Columbus tennis community The 2013 awards were handed out Thursday September 26th at the Everal Barn & Homestead in Westerville In addition summer league division champions and runnersup were recognized Picture from the 2013 AwardsCeremony Click to enlarge Award winners from left to right Francesca DiLorenzo Female Junior Player of the Year Delois and Dimitri Teague parents of Canyon Teague Male Junior Player of the Year Jacqueline Boggs Promotion of Tennis Award Mitsi Niceswanger Promotion of Tennis Award Bill Rabinowitz Media Award May Summers Female Junior Player of the Year Sam Arisan Special Recognition Award Quentin Pruneau Columbus Recreation and Parks Award The Sandford Family – Brian Alle Anna Beth Family of the Year Not pictured Cristina DiLorenzo Female Junior Player of the Year & Canyon Teague Male Junior Player of the Year Click here to download the program from the the event for more details GCTA Grant Monies Fund Special Olympics Tennis in Westerville The Westerville Special Olympics tennis program funded in part by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association was very active this season Listed below are  basic components of this program Pictures from Westerville Special Olympics Click to enlarge YAP Young Athlete’s Program –a six week program introduced youth ages 47 to the basic skills of tennis A skills program geared toward our traditional athletes focusing on tennis skills A weekly program running five months working with athletes who have already gone through our skills program WSO athletes participated in the Ohio Special Olympics Included in the above photos are the following players picture 1 May Kody Mocelyn Marlena Smith Director and Amber and in picture 2 Kody Jocelyn and May Turtle Around Town meets with 10 and Under Kids at Whetstone Park of Roses Ohios USTA Tennis Service Representative Jim Amick and Good Day Columbus Dana Turtle met up with some of our 10 and Under tennis friends at a fun gathering at the Whetstone Park of Roses on June 5th The kids put on a great display of new games using modified equipment designed especially for kids under the age of 10 Pictures and video from Whetstone Park Click to enlarge or play With 10 and Under Tennis kids enjoy playing with balls that bounce lower and move slower through the air making them easier to hit Racquets are now sized for small hands making them easier to grip and swing Courts are smaller so kids can cover them and have more success when they play Kids have more funand want to play more often Tennis is a sport that gets kids moving improves balance agility and handeye coordination and can teach selfconfidence and selfassurance Playing tennis your child can make new friends in a safe supportive environment Your whole family can play together anywhere–driveways gyms and playgrounds can all be transformed into your very own tennis court Ten and Under Tennis in Westerville Jim Amick our Midwest Tennis Service Representative brought tennis excitement to Annehurst Elementary students on Wednesday April 30th Pictures from Annehurst Elementary Tennis Assembly Click to enlarge The assembly culminated a four week tennis unit using equipment and teacher training supplied by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association GCTA GCTA Board Members Recognized for Outstanding Service Pictures lr Ed Amos andBeth Gibson Edwin Amos of Columbus Ohio has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR Beth Gibson was recently featured in the New Albany Life Magazine for her Buddy Up Tennis and Fitness Program Beth was also recognized at the DSACO Celebration of World Down Syndrome on March 21 2013 for her tireless contributions to the Downs Syndrome community   PrivacyRelated Information Google Analytics is used to monitor usage It uses cookies to identify your browser for use in serving ads and tracking your activity For more information please visit their site Please refer to your browsers help files if you wish to alter your privacy settings

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