NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
In Memoriam - Lewis Isaac
Nov 25, 1948 – Jun 2, 2019
Our dear fellow board member and friend Lewis passed away recently. His full obituary is here which details his public service commitment to his community. His memorial service was held Saturday, June 8 at 11:30am at Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church, 21 College Place, Asheville. Visitation was prior to the service at 10:30am.
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This calendar will be updated with events from ATA, Aston Park, and local Asheville tennis clubs including tournament and league play. Click on an entry for more details!
AWARDS AND PRESS
Asheville Tennis Association received CTA of the Year Award in the Southern Section in January 2019 at an awards ceremony in Atlanta. Also, the Fed Cup Asheville 2018 received the Tennis Special Event of the Year Award in the Southern Section!
CTA of the year in NC
The Asheville Tennis Association (ATA) was awarded the Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year by the United States Tennis Association - North Carolina at its annual Community Tennis Development Workshop in Greensboro September 29th. The ATA was recognized for several achievements, including the following:
The ATA involvement in recruiting volunteers for the Fed Cup tie in Asheville versus The Netherlands in February. Over 100 volunteers were scheduled, and over 60 were unfortunately turned away. Jeff Joyce served as the Fed Cup Volunteer Coordinator.
Serving the Underserved was this year's motto, with the ATA serving the Parks and Recreation Playground Program during the summer months with tennis instruction. Debbie Southern led this effort.
Several sessions of Try Tennis for adults, the 6 week instructional program to get folks off the couch and on the court. This program led to over 100 new players taking the courts. This was a collaboration with Aston Park, with Laura Loftis providing the courts.
New youth summer program in the Erwin Community, led by Chuck Johnson. This is a part of an effort to rejuvenate tennis in Erwin and to get the Boys Team back up and running.
Kathy Hurley and Debbie Southern serving as Tournament Co-Chairs, were instrumental in re-booting the Asheville Open, which led to increases in entries in both the Adult and Junior Opens. Lewis Isaac and the rest of the ATA Board served as volunteers for the AO, along with the Tournament Committee.
The ATA has had a great year meeting its mission of "Promoting and Developing the Growth of Tennis in the Asheville area".