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2007 Award - Member Organization of the Year Award

Member Organization of the Year
Presented annually to a Member Organization in the USTA Southern Section to recognize outstanding service to the local community, to the organizational members and to the game itself.

Member Organization of Year
RaleighTennis Association

The Raleigh Tennis Association (RTA) has leveraged strategic relationships with community partners in their mission to grow the game. Teaming with the Raleigh Parks and Recreation staff, the city tennis director and the Raleigh Tennis Foundation, the Community Tennis Association (CTA) has made monumental progress in bringing tennis the community.

Administering several successful programs, the CTA provides a variety of events, leagues and opportunities for tennis enthusiasts. Last summer, the Raleigh Grand Prix Summer Circuit allowed children of all ages and income levels to participate in four tournaments. The program brought over 300 kids to the courts and allowed players that normally only played on middle or high school teams to obtain tournament experience. The association also hosted two outstanding USTA Sanctioned Futures Tournaments in which 180 junior players participated. The RTA had their most successful season of Jr. Team Tennis with 51 teams competing. Scholarships are distributed through the CTA which enables many children in the community to participate in programs and lessons.

USTA League play is thriving in Raleigh thanks to several well organized and devoted coordinators. CTA members are kept well informed with the new and improved Raleigh Tennis Association website that features announcements, important program and deadline information, and a real time scoring system. Initiatives like Welcome Back to Tennis for Super Seniors Adults encouraged lapsed or newly acquainted players to come out to the courts for free instruction and drills. Recruitment Night hosted in January brought 50 new league players to the CTA and was another opportunity for players to get connected with RTA programming. The newly formed Singles League format attracted 384 players and culminated with tri-city playoff between Cary, Raleigh and Durham. The Foam Ball League is one of the newest offerings, hosted in conjunction with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. This program, created for juniors six to ten years old, introduces youngsters to the game with age appropriate equipment.

A highlight for the RTA was in July when the Sampras/McEnroe Exhibition visited the RBC Center. The association raised over $2500 through ticket sales for the event. A Tennis Block Party was held before the exhibition with over 1000 people in attendance.

Other nominees: Huntsville Women’s Tennis Association, AL; Northeast Arkansas Community Tennis Association, AR; Frankfort Tennis Association, KY; Ridgeland Tennis Center, MS.


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