WE NEED YOU!
The ATA is fueled by a handful of incredibly dedicated volunteers which allow us to keep our expenses low so funds can go directly to providing affordable instruction and promoting tennis. 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 our Volunteer Wall of Fame! Check out our volunteer opportunities:
Supporting middle-school tennis
One of our initiatives, for 2017, is supporing 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 Coach Moran said about their free tennis clinic:
The clinic with Jean-Michel was excellent. He had wonderful tips and drills for the players. Thanks so much to the ATA for making this clinic happen. We appreciate it! - North Buncombe Middle School Tennis
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. Nine years ago, we started a program at Eliada, bringing tennis to the kids living there temporarily. Five years ago, we started a tennis program at Isaac Dickson's after school program, Bright IDEAS. Two years ago, we started a tennis program at the YWCA of Asheville.
This 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.
This summer we partnered with Asheville Parks and Recreation to offer free tennis to the kids attending summer enrichment camp at 3 of their community centers: Montford, Malvern Hills (on tennis courts) and Stephens Lee (on a blacktop basketball courts) - in all about 120 kids. The kids really enjoy it and we had such a positive response, Parks and Rec asked us to add the teens at Shiloh Center, where we play on a spot "formerly known as a tennis court" with no net, cracks galore and grass growing through.
I have to admit, I was nervous about teaching teens and how receptive they would be to learning tennis, but I was met with enthusiasm, patience, support and respect for one another. Many of these teens are athletes in another sport and pick up tennis quickly. Our response has been so positive we are planning a "field trip" to Aston Tennis Park, where the teens can play on real courts. We supply free rackets to any of these 25 teens who wish to try out for their school tennis team.
Your financial support allows us to expand our reach into the community and bring tennis to many who otherwise would not be exposed to it. Thank you for sharing the love of tennis. We are most grateful.
Tracey Whitehouse - Junior Chair
Tennis at Eliada
For 9 years, 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, Nancy and Howard Powell have volunteered their time, energy and passion for kids and tennis.
The ATA started a tradition of giving children a new racket once they've 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.
Would YOU like to help? The ATA is seeking volunteers to help teach tennis, at Eliada, every Wednesday at 4pm. Our goal is to increase the number of children we serve. If you can help, with this or other volunteer opportunities, please complete our volunteer form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to the volunteers who help serve at Eliada:
- Chris Barcklow
- Howard Powell
- Nancy Powell
- Cyndi Slocumb
- Steve Slocumb
We began a new partnership with the YWCA’s School Age program, introducing tennis to over 50 children, ages 5-12. The children, who otherwise wouldn’t gain exposure to tennis, are enthusiastic participants and we look forward to continuing the program in 2016.
Grant Writers - Help write tennis related grants
Tournament Volunteers - assist at local tournaments
Summer Clinic Instructional Volunteers - assist with summer clinics
Already an ATA volunteer? Interested in becoming one? New & current volunteers click here to fill out our survey to connect you with our programs.