WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., – The USTA announced that the Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been named the 2006 USTA Organization Member of the Year. The USTA annually honors an organization that provides outstanding service to its members and the local community during its Annual Meeting, being held March 17-21 in Orlando, Fla.
Established in 1998, the Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association (PPCTA) has successfully promoted the growth of tennis throughout its local community. Through its partnership with the city of Colorado Springs, it has administered programs at over 100 city tennis courts, providing individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds a chance to take up the game of tennis and receive all of the health and social benefits the sport has to offer.
The PPCTA has provided a number of services and programs to the community of Colorado Springs, ranging from group lessons and clinics to camps, tournaments, wheelchair tennis and special populations programming. In 2005, it offered a Community Health and Fitness Outreach Program, which provided tennis instruction, a racquet and enrollment in USTA Junior Team Tennis for over 400 low-income and at-risk youth.
Over the years, the PPCTA has established partnerships with various community organizations, including: local school districts; Colorado Springs Sports Corporation; Pikes Peak Mental Health; Memorial Hospital; Penrose-St. Francis Hospital; Boys and Girls Clubs; Girl Scouts; Urban League; Police Athletic League; and local YMCA’s. It has also garnered a number of awards, including the 2005 E.L. Griffey Award for outstanding contributions to the tennis community by the Colorado Tennis Association; the 2004 USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year award; and the 2004 Racquet Sports Industry Community Tennis Association of the Year award.