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City of Winterset Uses Grant Money to Revitalize Tennis Program

Andrea Gallagher | June 17, 2022

The city of Winterset is trying to breathe life back into its community tennis program with a Serving Up Tennis Grant from the USTA. The Parks and Recreation Department hopes to increase participation in the sport since it took a dip during COVID-19.


“The grant will give a needed boost to tennis participation in Winterset,” said John Pletchette, retired Parks & Rec Director. “In recent years finding qualified tennis instructors has been a challenge. Now is a good time to put more emphasis on tennis to grow participation.”


Pletchette has agreed to lead the summer tennis program which includes all beginner levels from 10 & under, 11-18, 18-49 and 50 & over. The program will run through July 30 and hopes to attract up to 40 participants altogether. The $1,000 grant will be used to cover the cost of equipment. 


“I retired in 2020 after 37 years as City of Winterset Parks and Recreation Director,” Pletchette said. “I have played tennis on a recreational level for 50 years. Tennis is truly one of the best lifetime sports so I want to share my passion for tennis.”


Pletchette said tennis equipment has not been updated in more than 10 years. Winterset is a community of around 5300 people with two tennis courts located at the Winterset City Park. 


Story City and Burlington also received USTA grants. Click here for more.

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