NEWSLETTER
FALL 2017
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
We've been enjoying an Indian Summer well into the month of November and thankfully we are able to continue our successful fall clinics for beginners, intermediate and advanced juniors with the coaching of our committed professionals. We wished a farewell to one of our longstanding coaches Blake Mauer as he travels oversees and welcomed two new coaches, Bronwyn Williams and Keith Patrick to fulfill our expanding fall programming. We have some exciting news to share at the Tennis Alliance with our new executive director. We are excited to have Heather East on board using her nonprofit expertise to take our organization to the next level. I'm also pleased to announce we have a new website hosted by SportsEngine. Take a look and let us know what you think! A couple weeks ago I was honored to participate in the Special Olympics Maryland Fall Festival and watch the Anne Arundel Tennis Team we've been training since August perform well in the competition. Please read our spotlight on Special Olympian Michael Heup--a truly gifted tennis player preparing for Special Olympics Nationals in Seattle. Finally, I want to thank all of our 24 Hours of Tennis participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors who helped make this year our most successful fundraiser yet.
CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS
We invite you to become or nominate a Board Member of the Tennis Alliance, the county’s dynamic non-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote tennis as a “sport for life” for people of all ages and abilities and to provide a year-round home for tennis in Anne Arundel County. We seek candidates with leadership qualities—community leaders in tennis, education, business and finance--who want to share their talents and expertise to strengthen the Tennis Alliance for a 2-year term beginning January 1, 2018. Our volunteer board of directors is composed of individuals who believe in and will actively support our mission. For more information on the Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County visit www.TennisAllianceAAC.org. To view our Tennis Alliance Board Nomination Application and Recruitment materials, click the link below. If you have any questions or would like to submit a nomination, please e-mail the Tennis Alliance at ExecutiveDirector@TennisAllianceAAC.org and include a brief bio or resume. 

BOD Application and Recruitment Materials click here.
MILLERSVILLE PARK TENNIS CENTER UPDATE
Schematic Design Phase
The Tennis Alliance is working with Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks in a public/private venture to develop, operate and manage the new indoor/outdoor tennis center at Millersville Park. The tennis center will provide tennis players (young and old, new and experienced) a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor tennis courts with public access to clinics, programs and professional coaching. The Tennis Alliance is currently working with the Department of Public Works, Department of Recreation and Parks and the design team on the Schematic Design of the new tennis center. "Schematic design" is the first phase of tennis center design where architectural and engineering consultants develop an approved design scheme that determines the site plan showing court and viewing configurations, vehicular and pedestrian circulation and parking, building layout with key components, preliminary specifications, along with basic concepts for structural and mechanical systems and other architectural features. Please see our updated Tennis Center at Millersville Park brochure for planned facility details and project timeline. Click here
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
Heather East joins the Tennis Alliance
Heather East has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County beginning July 17, 2017. A search committee, comprised of Board members of Tennis Alliance conducted an extensive regional search for the contractual position. Professionally, Heather has over twenty years of non-profit executive leadership experience holding senior executive positions at member-based trade associations, charitable organizations and universities. Heather is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Economics, Business Minor) and Boston University (M.L.A.). Heather currently serves as Vice President on the Board of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park. In 2006, Heather spearheaded the “Save the Rink” campaign raising awareness and funding for the replacement of the recreational outdoor ice rink at Quiet Waters Park (total cost $2 million) and advocating for the rink with Anne Arundel County Council members and officials. For her Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink work, Heather was awarded the 2008 Executive Citation Honor by the Anne Arundel County Executive and the 2009 Ron Blake Outstanding Volunteer Award by Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks.. In her role as Executive Director of the Tennis Alliance, Heather will focus on overseeing fundraising efforts and supporting the Millersville Park Capital Campaign, developing programming and community outreach activities, developing and implementing organizational policies and procedures, overseeing communications and marketing efforts and supporting the Board of Directors, and managing staff and volunteers.
To view Heather's full BIO please click here.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Meet Gavin Reagle
Meet Gavin Reagle, Founder and Tennis Alliance Program Manager, Rackets for Recreation. Gavin is a high school student and tennis player at Broadneck High School. Gavin developed the program to support the Tennis Alliance’s efforts to facilitate greater participation in the sport of tennis by collecting and distributing gently used tennis rackets to kids and high school students, ages 5-18, in Anne Arundel County. According to Gavin, "Everyone faces challenges in their lives, and last year while participating in our high school tennis try-outs, I witnessed a challenge that faces many people and families in our country- poverty. Most students at my high school come from predominately middle to upper-middle class families so I was very surprised to find a player on my high school tennis team come to try-outs unable to afford a tennis racket. I recognized there were probably other players in our county in a similar position. That led me to start a program that collects gently used tennis rackets and distribute them to potential players who might not otherwise be able to afford them. I made this idea a reality on May 9th, 2017. Working in conjunction with the Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County, I created the “Rackets for Recreation Program.” High school coaches in our county will soon be able to send in a request to obtain a racket for a player that cannot afford one on their own. It is my small part to help make a difference."
24 Hours of Tennis Committee
The 24 Hours of Tennis Committee met every week for the past 2 months to ensure a most successful 24 Hour event. From logistics to registration, food truck vendors, decorations, donations, sponsorships and themes. Co-Chairs Jennifer McGowen and Carolyn Roe were honored at the event for their leadership roles to ensure all tasks were complete. Many thanks to committee members Caroline Roe, Shari Sternberg, Sharon Wood, Barbara Linke, Jennifer McGowen, Heather East, Louise Thomas, Kristen Brandenburg, Michele Archibald, Marla Lusby and Randy Stevens.
COACH'S CORNER
Meet Coach and New Program Director Bronwyn Williams
Bronwyn is the former Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Tennis teams at Mount St. Mary’s College. She was a lead professional at the Severn Valley Tennis and Fitness Club for 9 years and also taught with the Columbia Association working with juniors of all levels. A USPTR certified instructor, Bronwyn is also one of the top women’s players in AA County. In 2003 Bronwyn was elected into the Mount St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Bronwyn will be coaching the Fall Advanced Junior Clinic and serving as the Tennis Alliance's new Program Director. Welcome aboard Bronwyn!
Please contact Bronwyn for more information on our upcoming clinics bronwynwil@verizon.net
 
Farewell Coach Blake Mauer
Our long-time coach Blake Mauer has left for a commitment abroad. We wish him the best and thank him for his tremendous commitment to our programs. The Advanced clinic tennis players hosted a farewell celebration at Neo Pizza in Annapolis Towne Centre for Coach Blake. Thanks to parent Truc Brown for the great picture.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
A Special Olympian: Meet Michael Heup
Special Olympics Maryland announced in July that our Anne Arundel County Tennis Team player Michael Heup will be representing Maryland at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, WA. Michael, of Davidsonville, and his Mom Roxanne attended our 24 Hours of Tennis Fundraiser and were thrilled to learn that we wanted to share the news and feature him in our newsletter. Michael has participated in the Tennis Alliance clinics for the Special Olympics Anne Arundel Tennis Team since the program began and is quite the athlete--he is also skilled in kayaking, skiing, golfing, running and basketball--to name a few. He is also quite famous as a Special Olympian leader representative speaking at conferences throughout the world. Recently he served as an Athlete Ambassador for the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Winter Games. The Tennis Alliance is thrilled to be able to coach and prepare Michael for the olympics next year. Go Michael! Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Maryland.
Olympians Score Big at Fall Festival
On Saturday, October 21st at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, several of the Anne Arundel County Special Olympics Tennis Team coached by the Tennis Alliance placed with four Gold and one Silver in five divisions in the tennis tournament. Our Silver Medalists: Amanda Moore and Will McCoy - Level 2 Traditional Doubles. Our Gold Medalists: Lila Nowak in Individual Skills division. Michael Heup and Ryan Michelson (BC) in Level 5 Unified Doubles. Eric Collinson and Katie Blasko in Level 4 traditional Doubles. Stephen Nowak and Tommy Gough in Level 2 Traditional Doubles.
Our Special Olympian Michael Heup, featured above, had the honor of serving as MC of the event  and announced each of the Maryland County delegations. Our tennis athletes Katie Blasko and Eric Collinson were selected to be banner bearers for Anne Arundel County sport delegation-team pictured to the right.
PROGRAM NEWS
New Tennis Alliance Beginner Clinic
Ten students from Arundel Middle School and Arundel High School attended the Tennis Alliance first Beginner's Clinic for kids ages 12 to 18 mid-September. Laura Redford serves as the Coach and hopes to advance this group to our Intermediate group this Spring. For more information about our Beginner Clinic please contact TA Program Coordinator Barbara Linke at link2barbara@yahoo.com
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Clinics Continue this Fall
We are pleased to announce that we are continuing another 4 weeks of our Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Clinics this Fall. The Beginner and Intermediate clinics are held at Arundel Middle School and High School through November coached by Laura Redford. Beginner clinics are held Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm and Intermediate clinics Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 - 5:00pm (drop in's welcome at $30 a day). Please contact Barbara Linke at link2barbara@yahoo.com
The Advanced clinics will be held Monday through Thursday at Annapolis High School from 4-6 pm
Coach Keith will be coaching Mondays and Wednesdays and Coach Bronwyn will be coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pricing will be $250 for the four weeks. Punch cards are valid for drop in and the drop in fee remains at $40. Please contact Bronwyn Williams for more information at bronwynwil@verizon.net
EVENTS
24 Hours of Tennis a Success!
We are happy to report with over 200 attendees over our 3-day event the fundraiser was a great success! Despite a rainy Friday evening Kickoff event, 24 Hour players, sponsors, County public officials and special guests came together at Annapolis High School to celebrate the 4th annual fundraising event with music, raffle prizes and the CrabTowneCurbs Cuisine food truck. The evening was followed by 2 days of tennis play and the closing ceremony where Louise Gengler Thomas presented the first Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County Distinguished Achievement Award to honor Peggy Sange, a former Board member and founder and chair of the 24 Hours of Tennis fundraiser who passed last year. Peggy's daughter Heather Mahland traveled from New England to participate in the event and receive the award. We would like to thank all of the 24 Hour participants, donors, sponsors, photographers, supporters, MC's, Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks for their support of this great event. Please watch the terrific video below for highlights from our 3-day event. A special thank you to David Cromer for putting together the video. Look for full event pictures coming soon on our website and Facebook page.
The Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization