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 below!
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 Coach Moran 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. Over ten years ago, we started a program at Eliada, bringing tennis to the kids living there temporarily. Over 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.
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.
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.
Tennis at Eliada
For over 10 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 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.
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:
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 each year.
Grant Writers - Help write tennis related grants
Tournament Volunteers - Assist at local tournaments
Summer Clinic Instructional Volunteers - Assist with summer clinics
Each summer Asheville hosts its own tennis tournament, Asheville Open. Volunteers always needed. Details released each spring for this event.