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Tennis Volunteers in the Community

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

Through volunteering, tennis has the ability to connect players and fans of every age with their communities, whether by helping those in need, sharing the sport with someone new, exciting longtime fans about the pros, or combining athletics with academic achievement. Check out these incredible examples of how tennis volunteers contribute to their communities--and more importantly--to peoples' lives.

Volunteers make programs like the East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring Program possible. Progress in academics is rewarded with tennis clinics, field trips and participation in tournaments. Children are motivated to excel and work hard to hold their spot in the program.

Today, about 100 children take part in both the tennis instruction and academic tutorial. In addition, more than 100 volunteers work to make the program successful.

Want to volunteer to make a professional tennis tournament happen? The 2005 Legg Mason Tennis Classic relies on hundreds of energetic, enthusiastic tennis fans to volunteer. Volunteers have the opportunity to see the world's best tennis players compete in Washington, DC, while serving players, fans, and the community.

To get involved or find more information: contact the Tournament Hotline at 202.721.9500 or visit the volunteer section of the Legg Mason website.

Spend time abroad volunteering to teach the game you love. In Ghana on the coast of West Africa, tennis is gaining popularity. Coaches are needed to help guide promising young tennis players. No coaching experience necessary, and accommodations are provided.

This is an excellent opportunity to travel and explore a foreign country, all while participating in the growth of international tennis. Visit Gap Sports Abroad for more information.

The Radford University men's varsity tennis team provides a good example of how a collegiate tennis team can serve their local community. Coach Mike Anderson coordinates service projects for his players every year, whether running a local tennis youth clinic to organizing food for the hungry or painting at a soup kitchen.

Pictured is the team helping Operation SHARE collect and distribute low cost food portions to area charitable organizations. The entire team and the coach helped with the heavy lifting for those in need.

The Bluegrass Tennis Association (BTA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote and develop the growth of tennis” in Central Kentucky. Through its strong volunteer base, the BTA strives to expand tennis participation and develop new tennis programs with interested organizations.

The BTA is just one of hundreds of USTA-recognized Community Tennis Associations (CTA) located throughout the country. Chances are there is a CTA in your local community just waiting for you to volunteer today.

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