February- Issue 173

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Don’t miss this great Memorial Tournament July 16 – 16 at the historic Chickasaw courts honoring Arthur Lloyd Johnson, Jr. who was the second African American Democrat elected to the Kentucky General Assembly, serving from 1964-1965. He was a high school teacher with the Jefferson County Public Schools and was also first violinist with the Louisville Civic Orchestra.

He was the former vice president of the Mid-Western Tennis Association, a Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame member, a Louisville Central High School Hall of Fame member, and a member of the West Louisville Tennis Club. Registration will open soon.

USTA KENTUCKY AWARDS CELEBRATION

Congratulations to all winners recognized at the Awards Celebration on January 28 at the Hyatt Regency, Louisville.

KENTUCKY TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Tom McGraw, of Louisville and Katy Tinius, of Bowling Green were inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, January, 27 at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Louisville. 

CARDIO TENNIS TRAINING

Don't miss your opportunity to attend cardio tennis training Feb. 19 in Paducah! Register asap! Register

USTA Kentucky Board of Directors

The slate for the 2023 USTA Kentucky Board of Directors has been approved. We have a great board to support tennis programming in Kentucky! Pictured with Raise a Racquet Rover. Read More

KENTUCKY TENNIS WEEKEND

Kentucky tennis leaders gathered on January 27 and 28 to learn share and grow. Working together to provide the best tennis opportunities in Kentucky!

KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Southern has selected Jane Gamble of Paducah as the Kentucky Volunteer Service Award winner! Congratulations Jane!

60/70 INVITATIONAL

Are you over 60?? Mark your calendars for this great clay court tournament in Louisville May 12 - 14!

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70 & OVER ROAD TRIP

Over 70 and want to play in Tennessee or Louisiana?? Call your friends and plan a road trip!

Louisiana

Tennessee

NEW 10U TOURNAMENT

BLUEGRASS GRAND PRIX

(10u Green Ball)

March 11, Lexington

Deadline: March 6th

Register

NJTL WINNER

Congratulations to Shaju Catherin for being named the winner of the 2022 USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Essay Contest for Kentucky. All state winners in the section received an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta, where they were recognized at the 2023 USTA Southern Annual Meeting.

2023 LEVEL 5 JUNIOR EVENTS

In 2022, the tournaments that were most popular and experienced the largest growth in the nation were Level 5 events. Kentucky is allocated 4 of these tournaments to host a year. Mark your calendars!

 

JOE CREASON KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

July 21-23, Louisville

*CLOSED TO KENTUCKY RESIDENTS ONLY

 

RYAN HOLDER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

August 4-6, Lexington

 

KENTUCKY TEAM STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

September 29-October 1, Louisville

*2-person teams using Dominant Duo format (more info to come)

 

SPRINGHURST NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

December 30-January 1, Louisville

TENNIS SERVE ANALYSIS

Ask the Doc --- OBSERVATIONAL TENNIS SERVE ANALYSIS!

Learn More.

Thanks to Lexington Clinic Orthopedics Sports Medicine/Tennis Center of Excellence for providing this valuable health information! All Ask the Doc Topics

LEXINGTON CLINIC PARTNERSHIP

Happy to offer USTA players the benefit of our continued partnership with Lexington Clinic. One of 2 STMS (Society for Tennis Medicine and Science) Centers of Excellence in the US! Jennifer Mauer, Business Development Liaison is pictured with Leony Barroso, USTA Kentucky Board President and USTA Kentucky staff.

PLAYER APPLAUSE

Player applause for Mark Vinas of Lexington! Teams are randomly chosen and captains select a player for the player applause recognition! We love our players and are thanking chosen players with a free league registration!!! Thanks for playing league! Watch social media for the next winner!

DROP SHOTS WINTER PLAY

This winter's Drop Shots players are being hightlighted on social meida! They are crushing it on the court! Liane Ikome pictured

Drop Shots Louisville Facebook

CHEERS TO 10 YEARS!

The Pavo Loco tournament is March 3-5.

The format utilizes a coed team format at their respective USTA level (3.0-4.5+). Each team match will consist of three doubles matches – one court of men, one court of women and one mixed doubles.

Captains, register create a team in TennisLink Leagues.

Play will begin at approximately at 6 PM Friday, March 3rd.

As a reminder, Pavo Loco is a registered 501c3 non-profit! 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Kids Cancer Alliance. Over the last 9 years we have generated over $80,000 in net proceeds and hope to build on this success in 2023 and beyond!

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CTA TRAINING OPPORTUNITES

Serve Tennis: General Overview

This session will provide an overview of what Serve Tennis is and what can be done using the system. The aim of this session is to get you thinking about what Serve Tennis can do and how it can help your CTA!  

Feb 27th @ 1pm EST: Register Here 


Serve Tennis: Serve Tennis: Programming, Community Events & Camps

This session will provide a detailed look at how to create programs and camps in Serve Tennis and how to handle the administration process. We will also look at how Custom Forms, Discounts & Credits can be utilized in conjunction with coaching sessions

March 8th @ 1pm: Register Here 

March 9th @ 6pm: Register Here  


Serve Tennis: Website Module 

This session will review the Website Module and how Serve Tennis can provide your CTA with a FREE, easy to create and update website. We will also explore how the site can be used in addition to a current website you might already have

March 13th @ 1pm: Register Here  

March 14th @ 6pm: Register Here 


Serve Tennis: Memberships & Contacts 

This session will review how to create membership packages within Serve Tennis (free & paid) and how all modules link back into the contacts module, reducing administration time and boosting marketing efforts! 

Monday 20th @ 1pm: Register Here 

Tuesday 21st @ 6pm: Register Here  

KNOW SOMEONE NEW TO TENNIS?

Know someone who wants to play tennis with other people who are just getting started? Have fun, learn the sport and make some new friends? Of course you do! Please share your local tennis programming! The Lexington Beginner's 2.0 League information is featured!

TENNIS PANTRY

Keep an eye open around the state as there are plans for tennis pantries to be build across the state! Leave racquets and balls for others to use. Great way to grow the game. Pictured in Paducah. Contact Maddie Henning if you'd liike a pantry in your community!

RAISE A RACQUET

MEET ROVER!

Watch for Rasie a Racquet Rover to make appearances around the state! He is excited to be part of the theam!

THANK YOU

Thanks to all who participated in the online auction supporting Raise a Racquet! Your bid will provide more tennis opportunities to more players across Kentucky! Donate

RAISE A RACQUET RALLY CLUB
Thank you to Rally Club Champions -
donors over $1,000
Kevin Collins, Mike Eden, John English, Judith Petty, Linda Seagle, Rick Shafferman

Thank you to Rally Club Baseliners -
donors over $100
John Congleton, Cynthia Miller, Jack Ditty MD, Ellen Miller, Eugene Castle, Jason Ford, Jane Gamble, Susan Habeeb, Sonya Harward, James Hollander, John Huston, John McNamara, Kim Poynter, Susan Sloane, Don Varga, Paul Varga.
rarfoundation.com to join the club!

FINALCIAL PLANNING INFO

If you are over age 70 1/2 you might consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. This way the distribution is not taxable. Have your custodian send a check directly from your IRA to Raise A Racquet Foundation, 8900 Greeneway Commons Place #101 Louisville KY 40220 rarfoundation.com

RAISE A RACQUET - NEW WEBSITE
If you find yourself or your organization in need, Raise a Racquet is here to help!
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