Community tennis association of the Year: Dallas Tennis Association
The Dallas Tennis Association has a lot to be proud of. For instance, it runs a number of USTA leagues; it holds sanctioned tournaments; it’s active in Jr. Team Tennis; its programs afford youngsters the opportunity to go to college. And now, the Dallas Tennis Association is Tennis Industry’s 2013 Community Tennis Association of the Year.
Executive Director Tina Anderson acknowledges all the work it takes to coordinate everything the association does, and credits the four full-time and two part-time staffers, plus the 200 or so dedicated volunteers. “It reflects our ‘all hands on deck’ approach to pitching in and getting things done,” she says. Any money the DTA takes in from tennis gets invested right back into the tennis community.
Importantly, DTA programs help get youngsters to college; in fact 100 percent of seniors graduating from DTA’s college-prep program have attended college, with many receiving scholarships.
One of the main goals of DTA is to offer every child who is interested in learning tennis the opportunity to do so. Collectively, DTA’s programs for juniors are called “Invest in a Child — Cynthia Sherman
Tips For Success
- Tennis for kids goes beyond the courts. The Slam Jammer program teaches kids life skills such as how to interact with each other, manners, and how to give back to the community, and kids need to maintain a C average in school, says Bert Cole, DTA’s director of junior recreation.
- Encourage volunteers at every level and in every program.
- Invest back into the tennis community.
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Cynthia Sherman is a contributing editor for Tennis Industry magazine.
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