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Welcome Back To Tennis North Carolina

September 29, 2005 10:48 AM

They came with wooden racquets… they saw tennis courts… they played TENNIS! The USTA North Carolina office has been busy this summer organizing numerous ‘Welcome Back to Tennis’ events throughout the state. From the mountains to the coast, ‘Welcome Back’ has been a successful route for reintroducing tennis to the 50 generation. USTA/NC has already held events in Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Hendersonville, and Pinehurst. Altogether, North Carolina’s ‘Welcome Back’ events have pulled in around 225 eager participants.

The event is absolutely free to participants and lunch is always provided. Modern racquets are furnished for participants to try-out during the event. Pro Penn Star tennis balls are used during the on-court activities. These two-color balls move slower and are easier to track for beginning players than standard, pressurized tennis balls.

Some people had not played in over 25 years! One participant was quoted as saying, "I just wanted to see if I could still hit the ball after 25 years...and I did!!" Another exclaimed, "What a great opportunity to meet new people!" Yet another excitedly stated, “This event went way beyond my expectations…the tennis activities, giveaways, and food were great!”

Door prizes donated from USTA North Carolina and the local community tennis associations were always a big hit and each participant that brought a wooden racket received a prize!

Each participant walks away with a goody bag filled with information on how to get involved with programs in their local clubs and parks. Participants usually exchange phone numbers with one another to form their own play groups! Follow-up programs are offered on-site exclusively for event participants.

“It’s so great to see the smiling faces of the participants!” said Mary Lloyd Barbera, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for USTA/NC. “Some of them haven’t played in 25 or 30 years and are worried that they won’t be able to hit the ball. They are so excited to find out that they can still play and that they get to meet other people to play with!” She added, “Our hope is that they continue to play after the Welcome Back to Tennis events either in a follow-up program, league program or just getting together with someone that they met at the event.”

The next ‘Welcome Back to Tennis’ event in North Carolina is scheduled for November 5th in Cary at Cary Tennis Park from 9am-12pm.

 

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