Due to Asheville hosting Fed Cup in 2018 and 2019, volunteerism in the Asheville area has seen a dramatic increase. Fueled by the international competition, interest in growing the game is at an all time high. The ATA assigned over 200 volunteers for Fed Cup and the Asheville Open in 2018. And we are looking for even more in 2019!
We have a variety of volunteer options. No experience required! We provide the necessary training. Whether you'd like to volunteer once a month, infrequently or on a regular basis, we'd love to have you!
Take a look at the opportunities below to get involved! Each opportunity is designed to help meet the mission - to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the Asheville area.
USTA North Carolina Annual Awards
- Nominate Someone from your Tennis Community by August 31 -
Each year, USTA NC honors those who go above and beyond, both on and off the court. Help recognize the organizations, volunteers and players who grow the game and make tennis special in North Carolina.
THE 88th ANNUAL ASHEVILLE OPEN
Aston Park Tennis Center
Adult Tournament July 9-14; Junior Tournament July 19-21
The Asheville Open Tennis Championship needs your help! Last year we had 40+ volunteers who were the stalwart, up-and-down lifters who kept the tourney running like clockwork. This year, we would like to have 60 volunteers to accomplish the new mission the Board has articulated for 2019. Volunteer shifts are needed with Registration, Monitoring the Hospitality Suite, Court Maintenance, Beer Sales, and General (Set up/Break down) Support. Volunteers will be provided an AO volunteer commemorative t-shirt. Please contact Tom Balestrieri for more information!
BALL KIDS NEEDED
Ball kid volunteers needed for the upcoming Asheville Open! Please contact Mike Clifford if you would like to participate!
Supporting middle school tennis
One of our initiatives is supporting middle school tennis. Your donations allow us to send Pros, like Jean-Michel Werk, to middle-school teams and conduct high quality tennis clinics at no cost to the team. Here's what was said about their free tennis clinic:
Our partnership with parks & recreation
The heart of our mission to make tennis accessible to all in our community, regardless of financial resources or access to courts/equipment. In 2007 we started a program at Eliada, bringing tennis to the kids living there temporarily. In 2012 we started a tennis program at Isaac Dickson's after school program, Bright IDEAS. In 2015 we started a tennis program at the YWCA of Asheville.
One recent spring we trained three area elementary PE teachers to teach tennis in their schools and will provide the equipment and program support to offer it their students this coming school year.
Again in 2019, we will partner with Asheville Parks and Recreation to offer free tennis to the kids attending Playground Programs at 9 locations this summer: Montford, Stephens Lee, Vance Elementary, Therapeutic Recreation, Shiloh, Weaver Park, Malvern Hills, and Walton Street Park. Each site will have 2-3 tennis clinics with a tennis jamboree of all centers to conclude the summer programs in August - in all about 250 kids and teens.
In addition, the ATA will again sponsor a bus trip to the Winston-Salem Open for the participants in this program.
Tennis at Eliada
Since 2007, the ATA has provided tennis instruction to children who are temporarily housed at Eliada while dealing with challenges uncommon to most children.
Our Eliada partnership began in 2007 when ATA volunteers, Sarge Luke and Kelly McEnany, began teaching on-site once a week. The relationship continued and for the past two years, Chris Barclow, former ATA President, along with Nancy and Howard Powell, and Cyndi and Steve Slocumb, have volunteered their time, energy and passion for kids and tennis. Many thanks to these volunteers who help serve at Eliada.
The ATA started a tradition of giving children a new racket once they have attended 6 or more sessions. In 2015 Mindy Mettee, General Manager of the Asheville Racquet Club, donated more than 20 rackets to support this endeavor! In addition, the ATA purchases tennis shoes for kids upon request.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Grant Writers - Help write tennis related grants to help meet one of our most important objectives - serving the underserved.
Tournament Volunteers - Assist at local tournaments at several facilities.
Summer Clinic Instructional Volunteers - Assist with summer clinics in the Aston Park, Erwin, North Buncombe, and TC Roberson areas.