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2004 Tennis Programs and Events

Just three years old, the BCTA continued to expand tennis within the Bucks County area during 2004. As in the past, the nonprofit community tennis association kicked off the outdoor tennis season with a USA Tennis Rock & Rally that helped Middletown Township celebrate the opening of its new tennis courts in Poplar Park.

At the close of the school year in May, the BCTA sponsored two school assemblies that showcased the fun and fitness of tennis to Morrisville’s elementary and middle schools. USTA clinicians Harold Conway and Ted Williams explained the game and exhibited their tennis talent before several hundred children and teachers, who also had a chance to hit some balls and win tennis prizes and merchandise. The school assembly, in turn, generated a few more participants in the USA Tennis program held in Williamson Park for the second consecutive summer. This low-cost six-week program for youth and adults is run by YM Tennis instructors on behalf of the BCTA.

A bit farther away, young people in the Holland area enjoyed a six-week USA Tennis program at Village Shire courts, courtesy of BCTA instructor John Morris. Both groups were offered complimentary tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, held at the USTA National Tennis Center in August just before the US Open. For the second year, Darletta Berry-Johnson, who has been a keystone in growing tennis in Morrisville, organized transportation for the children to attend this exciting event that includes tennis games and a concert.

BCTA also conducted three one-week summer camps at Bucks County Community College. Instructors Laura Canfield, Dave Rueter, Andrew Piddington, and Pam Hansell, along with Mike Greenberg—part of the college’s camp staff—introduced the sport to nearly 100 enthusiastic young people, aged 8 to 13.

The second annual BCTA Junior Classic DR tournament was held at Bucks County Community College. Tournament directors Kitty Perrin and Barry Sysler enjoyed another successful competition, despite the damp weather.

As the summer waned, BCTA looked to keep the county’s public courts busy. Kay Rossi, along with daughter Lauren and son Christopher, ran a fall tennis program from September to late October at the Poplar Park Courts in conjunction with Middletown Township.

BCTA hopes to keep building tennis throughout the county through programming, development coach workshops, advertisements, promotional events, fundraisers and cooperation with area tennis professionals, players, coaches, and facilities.

The nonprofit tennis association is looking for volunteers interested in giving back to the game. Contact the BCTA and join the fun!