Tennis for One and All
I hope that you are enjoying playing tennis all over Brunswick County. It’s my pleasure to convey lots of good news from BCTA. Below are the highlights for 2016. The following officers were elected at our general meeting in November. Feel free to contact any of them with your suggestions and also your offer to help.
Bob Cause (firstname.lastname@example.org) President
Joe Grimaldi (email@example.com) Vice President
Mary Moran (mary5moran@yahoo) Treasurer
Gina Mincunalli (firstname.lastname@example.org) Secretary
2016 BCTA Highlights
2016 was another busy and rewarding year for the Brunswick County Tennis Association. Karen Holbrook received the USTA North Carolina award for Junior Recreational Programs. This was due to her energy put into our youth tennis programs. She was presented the award in January at the NC Tennis Weekend in Pinehurst. Second, BCTA received a grant from USTA NC and USTA Southern for $1418 thanks to the grant written by Karen.
In February, the tennis community was made aware of Brian and Jen Preston’s 7-year-old son Owen Preston’s malignant brain tumor. To help defer the medical expenses the St. James Tennis Association took the lead in establishing a GoFundMe on-line account in Owen’s name. Also, the tennis pros in the Wilmington area put together events on February 27 to raise money. BCTA members contributed time and money to these activities which raised over $100,000 to help cover medical expenses. The tennis event held February 27th won the USTA and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) North Carolina fund raising event of 2016 awards.
In March, there was the South Brunswick High vs. West Brunswick High boy’s tennis match hosted by the St. James Tennis Association and BCTA. St. James supplied the courts and BCTA supplied the pizza and refreshments for the players, parents and spectators. Also in March Karen Holbrook rounded up a group of volunteers to run a week-long tennis PE class for the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade girls at SBMS. Small nets and foam balls were used in the gym to give the girls a tennis experience. The last weekend of the month BCTA sponsored the Brunswick County Jr. Open USTA level 4 tennis tournament. Boys and girls in age groups between 12 and 18 years from all over the state participated in the tournament held at Ocean Isle Beach Park.
With the weather turning nice in April, Karen secured another group of volunteers to do a week-long tennis PE class for the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade boys at SBMS. This time we headed outside to hold the classes at the SBHS tennis courts. Also in May, BCTA donated $900 to the girl’s tennis team for uniforms.
The spring also was the start of another successful women’s 3.0-3.5 league run by Mitzi Liekweg. Wayne John also got the men’s league off to a good start in May with 7 area teams. Southport was having its annual 4th of July parade starting at the Community Center tennis courts. To keep the kids occupied before the parade, BCTA hosted a pre-parade tennis carnival where about 25 high energy kids participated.
Summer flew by and before you knew it Mitzi had the women’s league (8 teams) on court and Wayne the men’s league (6 teams).
During September, the BCTA board and SBHS decided to have this year’s fund raiser, the Cougar Rally, go toward a major tennis project. It was decided to apply funds and seek grants to re-do the high school tennis courts. The weather was perfect on October 29 for the Cougar Rally and the event raised $1320 to kick off the project.
The 1st week in December BCTA was back in the SBMS gym doing another one week tennis PE program for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls. 2016 was a good year for BCTA. We were able to get middle school students exposure to tennis so hopefully they would play high school tennis or to continue to play social tennis. The BCTA board wants to thank all the volunteers who made these youth tennis programs possible and to all the men and women who participated in the spring and fall leagues. BCTA will continue to make these tennis programs available and will be adding a few more in 2017 for the Brunswick County tennis community.
|Area Representative Coordinator||open|
|Membership Coordinator||Debbie Scharoun||575-2050|
|Women’s Intermediate Tennis||Mitzi Liekweg||253-7210|
|Youth Program||Karen Holbrook||477-1332|
|Men’s Doubles Ladder||open|
|Senior’s Tennis||Richard Trask||448-0350|
|Men’s League||Wayne John|
|Grants Officer||Karen Holbrook||477-1332|
|Brunswick County Parks and Recreation||Khrystye Haselden||253-2670|
|Boiling Spring Lakes||Bill Davis||845-8812|
|Calabash Area||Sut Ahuja||287-7565|
|Holden Beach Area||open|
|Oak Island/Caswell Beach||open|
|Ocean Isle Beach||open|
In an effort to “give back,” BCTA has many programs to reach out to the community–all of Brunswick County.