The Western Wake Tennis Association has been proud to partner with the ATANC to promote tennis, a lifetime sport, to individuals of all ages and capabilities. The tournaments we have helped to sponsor at NC State University have been fun events for all involved, and we look forward to working with ATANC in the future. WWTA appreciates that ATANC provides us all with an effective means to serve this special population with organized tennis programs.
President, Western Wake Tennis Association
ATANC gives our tennis athletes a chance to enjoy playing tennis all year long. My son loves seeing all of his tennis friends. He has a great time playing tennis, and always leaves the courts with a huge smile. As a parent, it is heartwarming to see my son enjoying the company of caring coaches and terrific teammates.
More than 50 athletes have participated in our local program since 2000. Varying ages and abilities have challenged our coaching techniques and broadened our search for ways to meet the needs of the athletes and their families. It didn’t take long to realize that the traditional eight week training season was not enough time to develop the skills needed for the athletes who truly love the game of tennis.Greensboro was among the first programs to create extended practice seasons and to eventually offer year –round practice opportunities.
Community support and the support of the Greensboro Regional Tennis Association allowed us to participate in additional tournaments so that our athletes could benefit from additional play time, tougher challenges, and the opportunity to experience team travel and meeting people from around the world. But, out-of-state travel is both expensive and restrictive.Our growth has been slow and the opportunity for additional tournament play has been limited. ATANC has already created three tournament opportunities for our program. AND NOW, we have the opportunity to invite other programs to Greensboro for a tournament. In 2011, ATANC is offering us three times more opportunity to interact with other athletes and participate in tournament play than we have had in past years.
I already see the impact it is having on our athletes and our program. Just think of the positive impact this can have on new programs or smaller programs that have only had one or two opportunities for tournament play in a year.We had one of our best (and most memorable) team meetings and practice this past Saturday. I spoke with everyone about ATANC and our responsibility as a tournament host city for ATANC. The athletes were thrilled and worked even harder during practice to get ready for the May tennis tournament. They are excited that their friends are coming to Greensboro, and that Kirstie and other coaches will be here to watch them play, and that they are “hosts” for the day.In addition to tennis, we coach pride, sportsmanship, team and courage. ATANC is providing us another category: gratitude.
We’re grateful that there are others who share our goals for the athletes and their families. We’re grateful for those individuals who are willing to step forward and provide new opportunities for our individual programs. We’re grateful for organizations that recognize and support the need for additional tournament plan within our state. ATANC – thank you.
Greensboro Regional Tennis Association
As a representative of Uncle Jake Media, I cannot express how proud we are to be a part of what the ATANC is doing. I’ve personally seen the joy that tennis brings to the athletes of this organization and the joy they bring to those who volunteer their time. If you love tennis or sports and what it can teach, you should be a part of the ATANC.
Director of Operations, Raleigh, NC
Uncle Jake Media, LLC