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2003 Tennis Programs and Events

On May 7, the BCTA kicked off its 2003 season with a Community Tennis Rally for area tennis enthusiasts. The dinner meeting, which was rescheduled from late April due to a late-season snowstorm, was very productive. Attendees received an informative overview of 2002 BCTA activities and updates regarding 2003 USA Tennis programs.

The meeting also initiated a win-win partnership with another nonprofit organization, Communities That Care (CTC). The BCTA and CTC began plans for conducting pilot summer tennis programs at local parks and fall after-school tennis programs.

As it did in 2002, the BCTA paid for cooperative advertising for Bucks County USA Tennis sites. In early spring, the BCTA advertised 2003 tennis programs in both the Mid-Week Trend and the Bucks County Courier Times.

 

Scooby-Doo helps hit a forehand.

Scooby-Doo helps hit a forehand.
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The BCTA let Bucks County know "May Is Tennis Month" by hosting a USA Tennis Rock & Rally in conjunction with the annual Fun & Fitness Day sponsored by the Neshaminy School District and St. Mary Hospital. Rain (a familiar element during the early summer) dampened the event by reducing the number of attendees but not the enthusiasm of those who braved the weather. Scooby-Doo—the tennis-playing canine of the Cartoon Network Tennis Club™—wowed fans of all ages with his five-foot racquet and oversized tennis ball. During the less than three hours of dry weather, about 75 people participated in fun on-court tennis games and merchandise give-aways. Post-event publicity included feature articles on the BCTA Website, the USTA/Middle States Website, and the USTA national Website.

 

Penny Ball poses for the camera.

Penny Ball poses for the camera.
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During the Morrisville Community Day on July 12, the BCTA again hosted a USA Tennis Rock & Rally. Huge "USA Tennis" and "Rock & Rally" banners (on loan from the USTA national office) were hung from the tennis court fencing to help draw attention to the day’s activities, and the Head/Penn Penny Ball walkabout and Cartoon Network Tennis Club’s Scooby-Doo recruited crowds to the court. More than 100 youth and adults came on court to try the sport via fun tennis games and earn BUCK$ and Scooby "Dough" that were cashed in for cool tennis merchandise. Also, several youths signed up for the USA Tennis Program that was held at Williamson Park in Morrisville during the summer. The Penny Ball and Scooby-Doo characters were featured in a front-page article in the Sunday Community Section of the Bucks County Courier Times.

 

Miki Debaise enjoys the workshop.

Building tennis skills via on-court games.
© BCTA Inc., 2003
 

On June 20, the BCTA and Princeton Tennis Program (PTP) partnered for the second year to host a free instructional workshop. Rain forced the event indoors to Nassau Racquet Club in New Jersey. USTA National Trainers Lisa Duncan and Colette Eckert illustrated just how easy it can be to handle large groups on one or two courts. The 45 workshop participants were very enthusiastic about learning the game approach to tennis and everyone returned to their home court with new instructional ideas.

The two pilot summer tennis programs that were started through a partnership with Communities That Care grew very quickly. The USA Tennis program in Morrisville—taught by Lisa Sherman, Kay Rossi, and other YM Tennis instructors--mushroomed from 4 participants to 25 in just one week!

Tennis tips during USA Tennis program.

Tennis tips during USA Tennis program.
© BCTA, Inc., 2003
 

The tennis word traveled just as quickly at the Village Shires residential tennis courts in Holland, where BCTA USA Team Tennis Coordinator John Morris and daughter Shannon ran USA Tennis programs for more than 20 youth and adults.

 

USA Tennis participants at Village Shires in Holland.

USA Tennis participants at Village Shires in Holland.
© BCTA, Inc., 2003
 

At the end of the summer the BCTA provided participants of these two programs with 20 complimentary tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Communities That Care in Morrisville chaperoned a small group to the event held at the USTA National Tennis Center just before the start of the US Open. The youngsters and their chaperones enjoyed a full day of tennis games and activities, meeting numerous professional players, and a concert.

Three members of the Northeast team.

Three members of the Northeast team.
© BCTA, Inc., 2003
 

During the summer, BCTA USA Team Tennis Coordinator Barry Sysler initiated a USA Team Tennis junior team tennis league. Six Bucks County teams competed for the opportunity to advance to district and sectional playoffs. The co-ed league incorporated several age groups, and team coaches stressed the fun that participants had playing in this league. The 14-and-under team from YM Tennis won the sectional championship held in August, and in October traveled to Virginia for the regional junior team championship.

October 17-19, the BCTA hosted a USTA-sanctioned DR tournament for boys and girls. The BCTA Junior Classic was held at the Bucks County Community College in Newtown. Area players and their parents welcomed a tournament close to home, and the event will return in 2004.

For the second consecutive year, the BCTA promoted tennis in Bucks County through programming, community events, and publicity. For its efforts, the nonprofit community tennis organization was awarded with grant money from the USTA for a third year in 2004. The BCTA looks forward to continuing to promote healthy, social, and educational opportunities within the Bucks County community through the lifetime sport of tennis.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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