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December 28, 2012

Seeking net gains

Local tennis group courting more players, facilities

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Although the association’s emphasis is introducing youth to tennis programs, there are opportunities for adults, Welsh and Quy said.

A women’s tennis group meets on Tuesdays and a men’s tennis group meets on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays. A comment box on the association’s website at www.parkercountytennis.org/volunteercontact.html is the best way to get in touch with members to learn more about their activities or to sign up to volunteer. In addition to teaching, adults can also help with website maintenance and transportation, Quy said. USTA competitions held in Fort Worth mean a lot of driving for the young players — and they often need help getting to and from their games, said Welsh.

By upping youth participation, she said, the association is also ensuring its future. When players get to high school and find themselves in need of accruing volunteer hours, they can come back and help teach the younger children, Quy said.

And, for their efforts, they may be rewarded beyond their community service requirement — the association gives out a $250 scholarship to a high school student who has been involved in the organization.

Group members play all year long and teach clinics both through Community Ed during the summer and the second Saturday of the month at Soldier Spring Park.

“The weather in Texas allows us to play all year,” Welsh said.

Of course, finding a place to play consistently can be tricky.

The Ninth Grade Center, with its six courts, is the largest tennis facility in town. However, the association has been raising funds for about a year to try to get the courts resurfaced. Working with the school district, city and businesses, they believe they can get the resurfacing done, Quy said.

Donations to the project are tax deductible and levels from $100 to $249, $250 to $499, $500 to $749, $750-$999 and $1,000 and up will receive a permanent plaque. The members stressed that all donations are welcome, however.

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