Latest GCTA News
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Buddy Up Tennis to Host Gala Celebration
Buddy Up Tennis, Inc. will host its inaugural Gala Celebration, A Sure Bet, on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6:30pm at The Vue, 95 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio. Proceeds from the Vegas-themed event will directly benefit Buddy Up Tennis, Inc., a non-profit organization which provides individuals with Down syndrome with a weekly adaptive program focused on tennis, fitness and fun in 11 cities across seven states.
Buddy Up Tennis - Click to enlarge
The event is sold out, but donations may be made online via the Buddy Up Tennis website – www.buddyuptennis.com.
Buddy Up Tennis was founded by GCTA Board Member, Beth Gibson.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
USTA Video about the GCTA
On September 20th, the GCTA hosted a videographer sent by the United State Tennis Association (USTA). His task was to create a 2+ minute video to show at the November 8th awards presentation to inform the crowd why we were selected as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year.
USTA Video about the GCTA - Click to view
Next stop was Scarborough Tennis Club to talk with Ed Amos about his Ace with Love Program, also a GCTA grant recipient.
Northam Park was the scene of Men’s and Women’s tennis matches which were used as a backdrop to illustrate our robust summer leagues. Racquet Club and the Whetstone Park courts were also featured in the short film. The finished product left no doubt as to the depth and breath of the GCTA and the Columbus tennis community!
Click to view the video.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014
Community Association of the Year Awarded
The Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) was honored as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year at the USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop in Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, November 8th.
l-r: Jim Snowden, Terri Jones, Shelby Rhyne, Phil Diaz - Click to enlarge
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
Buddy Up Tennis Receives More Recognition
Buddy Up Tennis continues to grow thanks to the efforts of Columbus' Beth Gibson and a great group of volunteers. The program, which provides tennis instruction and play for those with Down Syndrome, has expanded to eight U.S. locations.
Buddy Up Tennis' Will Gibson & Aidan Elliott - Click to enlarge
Beth is also a GCTA Board Member.
THURSDAY, SEPTMBER 25, 2014
GCTA Awards Ceremony
On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) held its annual awards ceremony. This event honors individuals in our area for their outstanding contributions to the Columbus tennis community, as well as the Men’s & Women’s Summer League champions.
GCTA Award Recipients for 2014 - Click to enlarge
Concluding the ceremony, Joy Albi, from the USTA Midwest Section office, presented the GCTA with the USTA’s Community Tennis Association of the Year Award.
MONDAY, SEPTMBER 1, 2014
GCTA Honored at the US Open
The GCTA was represented at the US Open on Friday, August 29, by Executive Director, Terri Jones, Board Members, Jane McMeekin, Shirley Neibauer, and Erin Ortman. The GCTA representatives were invited to spend the Day Session in the exclusive President's Suite watching the Jankovic, Venus Williams, and Berdych matches from second row seats. Between the second and third matches of the day, the USTA announced the GCTA as the Community Tennis Association of the Year and showed the ladies on the jumbo scoreboard. It was a very exciting and rewarding day. We were treated as valued guests throughout the day and saw outstanding tennis.
Top Right: Erin Ortman, Shirley Neibauer, Jane McMeekin,
Terri Jones. - Click to enlarge
Thanks to all the hundreds of GCTA volunteers who made the award possible and to the Executive Committee for selecting the four of us to attend the Open.
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014
GCTA Honored as the USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year
The USTA announced that the GCTA was selected as the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year. According to the press release, the GCTA has promoted the game of tennis as a healthful recreation and physical fitness in Columbus.“As defined by the USTA, Community Tennis Association is one ‘which supports or provides programs that promote the growth and development of the game of tennis’,” cited Phil Diaz, M.D., President of the GCTA. “I believe we do an outstanding job of meeting this definition. To be recognized by the USTA for this national award is a tremendous honor, especially considering the many excellent community tennis associations across the country. We are proud of what we do and the organizations we are able to help.”
“The Greater Columbus Tennis Association defines what it means to be a great CTA,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis. “The GCTA doesn’t just provide major financial support for local tennis programs; their members invest their time to make an impact on the residents of the community. We are proud to honor the organization’s leaders and many volunteers with the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year Award.”
Click to read the full press release from the USTA.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014
Otterbein Tennis' Mark and Pat Anderson
This spring Otterbein University saw both its men’s and women’s tennis teams winning their respective OAC Tournament Championships. By winning the tournament, both teams qualified for the Division III NCAA tournament. This is the first time in school history that the tennis programs have made NCAA appearances. The Otterbein men’s team is coached by GCTA board member Mark Anderson. The women’s team is coached by his wife (also a GCTA board member), Pat.
Otterbein's Mark and Pat Anderson - Click to
The women's tennis team ended its season with a 5-2 loss to Trinity University in the first round of the NCAA championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Following this record setting season, four members of both the men's and women’s teams received All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) honors for their performances throughout the season.
In addition to the honors earned by the athletes, head coach Pat Anderson was named OAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career. Anderson earned the honor last season and also in 2003 and 2001, and head coach Mark Anderson was named OAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, a first for him in his six-year career.
Click to read Mark Znidar's Columbus Dispatch article, "Otterbein tennis: Coaches' competitive spirit a perfect marriage".
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
Nominations for GCTA Annual Awards Now Open
Do you know someone in your tennis world who is making a difference? A coach who goes the extra mile; a student who creates a unique tennis opportunity; a community leader who starts a new tennis program; a family who is "all-in" on the court; an individual who "makes "your club a special place; a media outlet who is covering our sport; or a longtime leader in our tennis world? Please consider nominating this person for an upcoming GCTA Annual Award.
2013 Award Winners: (Top) Canyon Teague, Bill Rabinowitz, Mitzi Niceswanger, May Summers, Sam Arisan. (2nd) Jacqueline Boggs, Francesca DiLorenzo, Quentine Pruneau, the Sanford Family - Click to enlarge
Please click on the link below to find the nomination form on the GCTA Awards page. You will also find the names of former award winners and copies of programs from previous Award Ceremonies.
Please fill out a nomination by Monday, July 7. Return the attached form to: Terri Jones, GCTA Executive Director via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014
Ohio Valley Cup Champions
Again this year, the GCTA Ohio Valley Cup team won the Ohio Valley Cub Championship.
Back row (l-r): Coach Steve Metzmaier, Eric Hunter, Bryan Yoshino, C.J.
Cash, Coach Tyler Stephen
Front row: Alexia Meyer, Anna Marie Reynolds, Rhiannon James, Mitchell Thai, Audrey Berger - Click to enlarge
This makes the fourth year in a row that the team has brought the honor back to Columbus. The team won the Ohio Valley Cup by going 3-0 in team matches. Columbus defeated Charleston 9-1, MOVTA (Mid Ohio Valley Tennis Association) 10-0, and Cincinnati 10-0. Overall the team was 29-1 on the weekend.
Congratulations to the team and their coaches for another outstanding performance.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
GCTA Grant Monies Put to Good Use
GCTA Grant money was put to good use last week at the Eagle Summer Tennis Camp at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, OH. Kids in grades 4-8 were engaged in drills, games, singles and doubles play.
Eagle Tennis Camp participants - Click to enlarge
Coach Ryan Balaz called the program a “huge success” and hopes to see tennis in Sunbury area grow through camps like the annual Eagle Summer Tennis Camp.
Click to read more about Acquiring a Grant for Your Tennis Program.
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
Jim Amick Appears on WTTE Television Segment
Tennis in Columbus was highlighted on Thursday, May 22, when Jim Amick, our USTA Midwest Tennis Service Representative, appeared on WTTE’s Good Day Columbus’ 9:00am segment.
Jim Amick, Our USTA Midwest Tennis Service Rep, Demonstrates 10&Under Tennis to WTTE's Shawn Ireland and Marshall McPeek - Click to enlarge
In the few short minutes that tennis was featured, Jim managed to mention many of the USTA tennis opportunities available in the Columbus area, including our Youth Team Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, and Start/Restart programs.
Way to go, Jim!!
Click to view the television segment where Jim is interviewed by WTTE's Shawn Ireland and Marshall McPeek.
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014
GCTA Named the Midwest Community Tennis Association of the Year
The USTA/Midwest Section Community Tennis Association of the Year (CTA) Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding service rendered in the community served, and in the growth and development of the sport of tennis.
GCTA's Jim Hendrix, Shelby Rhyne, Terri Jones, and Les Varnado at the May 3rd Award Presentation - Click to enlarge
Columbus GCTA board members, Jim Hendrix, Shelby Rhyne,Terri Jones, and Les Varnado were in Indianapolis to accept this prestigious award. The GCTA is now entered into the running for National CTA of the Year.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
Columbus Recreation & Parks Recognizes the GCTA
At its April Quarterly meeting the Greater Columbus Tennis Association received a plaque of appreciation from the Columbus Recreation & Parks in thanks for the support GCTA have provided Columbus Parks and Recreation throughout the years.
CR&P's Denica Bruce Presents GCTA President Phil Diaz with Plaque - Click to enlarge
The GCTA yearly budget includes over $13,000 to help fund the CR&P’s tennis programs. The GCTA is proud of its commitment to growing tennis in Columbus.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Ohio State University Men's Team Wins Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament
Congratulations to the OSU Men's Team for winning their first ITA Championship. OSU beat #12 Florida, #13 Texas, #1 Virginia, and #3 USC to win the tournament, which took place in Houston. As a result, Ohio State is now ranked #1 in the nation.
Top picture courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Bottom photo courtesy of Scott Gerber - Click to enlarge
While it is unusual for a cold-weather school to win this tournament, it is even more unusual given the make-up of the team. Three players who are on Ohio State's team grew up playing Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) tennis qualifiers. Peter Kobelt, Chris Diaz, and Kevin Metka all competed with and against each other for years in Central Ohio junior tennis.
Also note that Kobelt (New Albany), Diaz (Watterson), and Metka (Worthington Kilbourne) played Ohio high school tennis for all four years. This is rare in other states. All three are included in the picture to the right as 2009 Central District State Qualifiers.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
USTA Summer Adult Leagues
It is not too early to be thinking about USTA Summer Adult Leagues - "Find Yourself in the Game". Combo, Mixed 18 & Over, Adult 55 & Over, and Adult 65 & Over leagues play matches in the Columbus area from June until August. FLEX Singles leagues are offered in two summer sessions - June/July and August/September.
For more information, click on the following documents.
- USTA Summer League Tennis Rules and Regulations for 55 & Over, Mixed, and Combo.
- Summer USTA League Tennis Flyer
- FLEX Singles Leagues
- USTA Tennis League Summer Captains' Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014
USTA / Midwest Section - January Volunteer of the Month
Each month the USTA/Midwest Section features a volunteer who is making it happen at all levels. January's volunteer of the month is Jacqueline Boggs of Pickerington, Ohio.
Jacqueline Boggs - USTA/Midwest Section - January Volunteer
of the Month- Click to enlarge
Through Jacqueline’s efforts, hundreds of Pickerington elementary students and after-school program participants are learning how much fun tennis can be! Since most schools did not have tennis courts available, Jacqueline has lined the 10 and Under Tennis court dimensions on her school parking lot so that teachers can use them as tennis courts. Tennis didn’t stop in Pickerington when school let out. Pick10Tennis organized three Midwest Youth Team Tennis teams, summer camp clinics and offered an Adaptive Youth Tennis Camp and Youth Team Tennis Camps last fall.
In Jacqueline’s words, “Tennis gives me amazing opportunities to give back to my community, both through the schools and through other venues.” Jacqueline’s efforts in Pickerington will continue to promote tennis for years to come.
Jacqueline was the recipient of the 2013 Greater Columbus Promotion of Tennis Award. Thank you Jacqueline for all that you do to promote tennis in the Columbus area.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013
John Campbell Tennis Center
The temperature could not have been much above 30 degrees this afternoon but that did not stop over 50 people from coming to celebrate the naming of the tennis courts at The Champions Tennis Club to The John Campbell Tennis Center. This is a fitting tribute to the man who has been responsible for the impressive resurgence of the club in recent years.
Picture 1: John Campbell - Picture 2 (l-r): Steve Ballman, Mark Anderson, John Campbell, Richard Getz, Jim Scowden, and Charlie Getz. - Click to enlarge
Only a few years ago the club was to be closed by the operating entity, Columbus Recreation and Parks. John Campbell spearheaded efforts that led to the courts being taken over by interested individuals who have continued to maintain the courts and organize tennis to this day. Well, no tennis today, but expect tennis to return to the John Campbell Tennis Center in the spring!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
2013 GCTA Annual Awards Ceremony
Each year the GCTA Board honors individuals who have significantly contributed to the greater Columbus tennis community. The 2013 awards were handed out Thursday, September 26th at the Everal Barn & Homestead in Westerville. In addition, summer league division champions and runners-up were recognized.
Picture from the 2013 Awards Ceremony- Click to enlarge
Award winners from left to right: Francesca DiLorenzo (Female Junior Player of the Year), Delois and Dimitri Teague, parents of Canyon Teague (Male Junior Player of the Year), Jacqueline Boggs (Promotion of Tennis Award), Mitsi Niceswanger (Promotion of Tennis Award), Bill Rabinowitz (Media Award), May Summers (Female Junior Player of the Year), Sam Arisan (Special Recognition Award), Quentin Pruneau (Columbus Recreation and Parks Award), The Sandford Family – Brian, Alle, Anna, Beth (Family of the Year). Not pictured, Cristina DiLorenzo (Female Junior Player of the Year) & Canyon Teague (Male Junior Player of the Year).Click here to download the program from the the event for more details.
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2013
GCTA Grant Monies Fund Special Olympics Tennis in Westerville
The Westerville Special Olympics tennis program, funded in part by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association was very active this season. Listed below are basic components of this program.
- YAP (Young Athlete’s Program) –a six week program introduced youth ages 4-7 to the basic skills of tennis.
- A skills program geared toward our traditional athletes focusing on tennis skills.
- A weekly program running five months working with athletes who have already gone through our skills program.
- WSO athletes participated in the Ohio Special Olympics.
Pictures from Westerville Special Olympics - Click to enlarge
Included in the above photos are the following players: picture 1: May, Kody, Mocelyn, Marlena Smith (Director), and Amber, and in picture 2: Kody, Jocelyn, and May.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
Turtle Around Town meets with 10 and Under Kids at Whetstone Park of Roses
Ohio's USTA Tennis Service Representative, Jim Amick, and Good Day Columbus', Dana Turtle, met up with some of our 10 and Under tennis friends at a fun gathering at the Whetstone Park of Roses on June 5th. The kids put on a great display of new games using modified equipment designed especially for kids under the age of 10.
Pictures and video from Whetstone Park- - Click to enlarge (or play)
With 10 and Under Tennis, kids enjoy playing with balls that bounce lower and move slower through the air, making them easier to hit. Racquets are now sized for small hands, making them easier to grip and swing. Courts are smaller, so kids can cover them and have more success when they play. Kids have more fun—and want to play more often.
Tennis is a sport that gets kids moving, improves balance, agility and hand-eye coordination, and can teach self-confidence and self-assurance. Playing tennis, your child can make new friends in a safe, supportive environment. Your whole family can play together anywhere–driveways, gyms and playgrounds can all be transformed into your very own tennis court.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
Ten and Under Tennis in Westerville
Jim Amick, our Midwest Tennis Service Representative, brought tennis excitement to Annehurst Elementary students on Wednesday, April 30th.
Pictures from Annehurst Elementary Tennis Assembly - - Click to enlarge
The assembly culminated a four week tennis unit using equipment and teacher training supplied by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA).
THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
GCTA Board Members Recognized for Outstanding Service
Pictures (l-r) Ed Amos and
Edwin Amos, of Columbus, Ohio, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
Beth Gibson was recently featured in the New Albany Life Magazine for her Buddy Up Tennis and Fitness Program. Beth was also recognized at the DSACO Celebration of World Down Syndrome on March 21, 2013, for her tireless contributions to the Downs Syndrome community.
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