Missouri Valley / Iowa

Ely makes the most of one community tennis court

Andrea Gallagher | June 26, 2023

For the second year in a row, the community of Ely is making the most of a USTA Serving Up Tennis Grant. Last year the youth program filled up in a matter of days with two volunteer coaches to teach kids introductory tennis. This year, the program has expanded with two sessions. 

“We then received additional funding in 2023 to pay our tennis coaches for the upcoming program,” said Callie Stulz O’Brien, Ely Parks & Recreation Director. “Both residents who coached in 2022 were more than happy to join us again in 2023 for two sessions; one in the spring and the next one coming up in September.”


The community is able to make all of this happen with only one tennis court. The population of Ely is around 2,300 residents. The Serving Up Tennis Grant was $1,000 and covered the cost of equipment including; tennis racquets, balls, tape and more.



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