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EVENTS AND TENNIS NEWS for ROCKINGHAM COUNTY - AUGUST 2015
The summer is flying by on the tennis courts across Rockingham County. Our August newsletter is FULL of photos to show you just how much fun we have each day with these young players. 

In July we marched in the Eden July 4th Fun Parade, hosted two weeks of youth tennis summer camp for Eaglemania at Rockingham Community College, made over 200 new friends at our summer day camp Kids Tennis Club program, and met Coach Steve Spencer, friend of tennis book author Tom Parhem. 

Before school starts, you can find us on the courts for the last Family Play Day in Madison, for 6 Kids Tennis Club Play Days in Madison, Eden, and Reidsville, or at the weekend full of events around the Winston-Salem Open including FREE youth and high s chool play days on Augu st 2 2 and  23.


Eden 4th of July Parade with Thomas Fish, Jackie Cantrell, Shelby Rhyne,Joseph Fish, and friends.
EAGLEMANIA TENNIS CAMP AT ROCKINGHAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
RC Tennis hosted a four-day tennis camp at Eaglemania on the courts at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.  Eleven young players joined Bitrus Istifanus for beginner camp July 6-9 and another six players returned or joined for Week two in intermediate camp with Coach Alyssa Mann.

WEEK ONE - July 6-9

WEEK TWO - July 13-16


SUMMER 2015 RC KIDS TENNIS CLUB - SERVING UP 200 FREE RACKETS AND BALLS
We've met over 200 new friends this summer at USTA Kids Tennis Clubs hosted by summer day camps across the county -  at the Reidsville Family YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Eden, Rockingham County Schools Kids Companion program, Bridge Street Recreation Center, and the New Reidsville Housing Authority's Summer Enrichment Camp.

From August 3-11 we'll give away a new racket and ball to each of these young players or their programs at USTA Kids Tennis Club Play Days.  Watch for these young players on a court near you. 

Summer Kids Tennis Club is sponsored by a grant from the Reidsville Area Foundation 
and BOGO 10&Under Equipment Grant from USTA NC.
MEET RC TENNIS SUMMER INTERN MARY LUKING
Mary Luking is 17 and a rising senior at Rockingham County High School.  She has played tennis since 6th grade and has enjoyed playing for her middle and high school.  This will be her last high school tennis season.  Her plans include hopefully attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, studying engineering, and playing for one of their intramural tennis teams.  Mary has thoroughly loved being an intern for RCTA this summer and is grateful for the experience!

MONDAY NIGHTS IN MADISON - FAMILY PLAY DAYS

We've had a great time at Family Tennis Play Days at Carlye Lewis Courts in Madison this summer.  Our last Play Day of the summer is Monday night, August 3 from 6:30 - 8pm.  We will give away a family pack of tickets to opening night of the Winston-Salem Open to one lucky family.  

 

Thanks to these families (and more) who have joined us for tun, prizes, and ice cream sandwiches this summer.

COACH TOM PARHEM, PUBLISHES The Little Green Book of Tennis

TOM PARHEM, Retired Coach publishes Little Green Book of Tennis 

 

Tom Parhem grew up in Madison, NC. His father, Rev. E. T. Parhem was minister at First Baptist Church and won the 1951 Madison City Championships. Deems Webster, who was born and raised in Madison says "Tom was my neighbor and first coach. He was already a coach at 10 years old."


As a college tennis coach at Atlantic Christian College and Elon University, Parham amassed a lifetime record of 597 wins and 195 losses and has been inducted into 10 athletic halls of fame. His teams from two different schools collectively won three national championships, and he was selected National Tennis Coach of the Year four times.

 

He recently published The Little Green Book of Tennis, a compilation of his tennis blog and teaching experiences.  Coach Steve Spencer, retired tennis coach from Dalton L. McMichael High School hopes to distribute free copies of the book to players on Rockingham County high school tennis teams.  You may purchase the book on Tom's webpage: Play is Where Life Is, Thoughts on tennis, sports and life or at www.amazon.com

2015 WINSTON-SALEM OPEN KIDS DAY - SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 and 23

  ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 
for young players ages 6-12 of all abilities
includes lunch and tickets to Saturday session.

 

The 5th Annual Brenner Children's Kids Day will be held at the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday, Aug. 22. Kids will hit the court for lots of excitement indoors at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. The day begins at 9:30 a.m, offering age-appropriate activities for children ages 6-8 years old until 11:00 a.m. Ages 9-12 will follow from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Chick-Fil-A will be serving lunch for all participants at the conclusion of the day.

 

USTA North Carolina will be organizing the day's activities. Activities will center around the fundamentals, skills and fun of tennis for all ability levels. Brenner Children's Kids Day is FREE to all players.

ON SUNDAY AUGUST 23 
for  high school players
includes a tickets to the Sunday session

  

 A fun and free play event held Sunday, August 23rd 4:30-6:00 pm, indoors at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in conjunction with the Winston- Salem Open. For ages 14-18. 

 

Participants will play singles and doubles in a round robin format. Players must be able to serve, sustain a rally, and keep score. All participants will receive a ticket to the afternoon session of the Winston Salem Open.


 
Winston-Salem Open High School Play Day is FREE to all players.  To register or find out more about this event email Andrew Waldrop at andrew@nctennis.com.

FALL JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS BEGINS WITH A KICK-OFF PLAY DAY  Sunday September 13
Join us at Jaycee Park for our FALL Junior Team Tennis Season KICK-OFF Sunday September 13

Last spring we had 40 young players in our first season of Junior Team Tennis.  We've made so many new friends this summer, that we will host a fall season of Junior Team Tennis.

Join RC Tennis for a Play Day KICK-OFF on Sunday September 13 at 3pm for players age 6-18 at Jaycee Park in Reidsville.  Kids will be on the courts playing while parents learn about USTA Junior Team Tennis.  

To join our RC Junior Team Tennis program, players must be members of the USTA (free for children age10 & under) and pay a team registration fee of $35.  A limited number of scholarships are available for the registration fee only.

USTA Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It's a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game - win or lose.

Our FALL season will be 4 matches played on Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm beginning September 20.  Players will be grouped onto teams based on age and ability.  No previous competitive experience is necessary. 

If your player is interested, contact Shelby Rhyne for more information and directions for online registration at RCTennisAssociation@gmail.com.

We'd like to send out a special thank you the Reidsville Area Foundation and USTA NC as sponsors of our Summer 2015 Kids Tennis Club program a nd to Ann Fish for all the wonderful pictures of our summer program posted on our Facebook and web pages. THANK YOU.


Sandi Gann from RAF visits with Parkview Village                                
Ann Fish captures her grandson, Joseph at Betsy-Jeff Penn 

In our September newsletter, we'll give you an update on the youth tennis programs and teams in Rockingham County's Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

We've got game Rockingham County.

Shelby Rhyne
Executive Director
Rockingham County Tennis Association
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