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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 - May 27, 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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