March 2019 Newsletter
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Tennis Alliance is moving ahead with Anne Arundel County on the new tennis center project! Please see the  PROJECT UPDATE section below for exciting news about the FY2020 budget plans.
 
With outdoor tennis just weeks away, our Tennis Alliance Outreach programs for Spring 2019 are getting organized. These programs include donating rackets for high school players, partnering with Centro de Ayuda, programs for Hispanic / Latino families, our Rally the Family series in support of Healthy Anne Arundel Obesity Prevention Subcommittee, and our advocacy for going green by collecting and recycling tennis balls. See our VOLUNTEER section below for how you can help!
TENNIS CENTER AT MILLERSVILLE PARK
PROJECT UPDATE
The new Anne Arundel County Administration is now in place, and there has been a smooth transition. The Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Public Works, and Office of Law continue their commitment to the project -- the Tennis Center at Millersville Park project is moving forward.

After a one-year postponement, the tennis center project has been included in the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks (AACRP) FY2020 capital budget presented to the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) on February 17, 2019.  We expect that the project will be in the County Executive’s FY2020 budget which he will deliver on May 1, 2019. Throughout May, the County Council will deliberate the County Executive’s budget with a vote planned in mid-June. Continued community support is critical to getting the budget passed (see below).

Please visit our website for more information
HOW CAN THE TENNIS COMMUNITY SUPPORT THE BUDGET?

#1 The County is hosting a series of town hall meeting in MARCH in each County Council District. The meetings provide County residents an opportunity to be heard on the budget and to advise the County Executive and Council Members. The next public hearing is in Council District 4 where the tennis center is located. The Tennis Alliance will have a speaker for this one meeting who will ask for a "stand up" of those present in support of the Tennis Center.

Please attend for the "stand up" if you are able to and particularly if you are a resident of District 4 (Councilman Andrew Pruski)

Tuesday, March 5th, at 6pm
Arundel High School Auditorium.
We expect to be speaking between 6:10pm and 6:45pm. The meeting is from 6pm to 8pm.

#2 During the month of MAY : Once the budget is announced on May 1st, the Tennis Alliance will ask the Anne Arundel County tennis community to reach out to their County Council Member by email to support the Tennis Center at Millersville Park.
RACKETS FOR RECREATION

Attention High School Coaches!

We have rackets for your team!
please assess the equipment needs for your players and reach out to us!

The Tennis Alliance collects and refurbishes donated rackets through our Rackets for Recreation program managed by Patrick Miller, a junior at South River High School. Please contact the Tennis Alliance to arrange for delivery or to arrange for a donation pick up: Email: info@TennisAllianceAAC.org  
or Call us at: 443-924-6263
RECYCLE YOUR TENNIS BALLS!
The Tennis Alliance has recycled over 10,000 tennis balls!


The Tennis Alliance partners with RecycleBalls to keep tennis balls out of landfills! Look for the green boxes at tennis court locations.

You may also bag your balls and contact Randy Stevens, our program manager, or Email info@TennisAllianceAAC.org - Call us at 443-924-6263 for pick up.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Service Hours for High School Students! Rewarding & Fun for Adults!
Tennis Alliance Outreach programs begin in April. We are in need of volunteers to support for our youth and family tennis programs in underserved areas.

Some of our best volunteers have little or no tennis experience, but are terrific with children and organizing groups.

The Tennis Alliance is a 501c3 organization that provides service hours for high school students.
For more information contact Louise Thomas, Lthomas@TennisAllianceAAC.org
COMMUNITY OUTREACH NEWS
Tennis Alliance Outreach Continues Programs for Hispanic/Latino Communities.

* Serving 95 children and parents
* Providing 40 free rackets
* Registering 3 youth in Junior Team Tennis
The Tennis Alliance was awarded a $10,000 grant from Anne Arundel County to provide recreational opportunities and programming for the Hispanic / Latino communities. For spring 2019, the grant programming consists of four programs run April through June partnering with the Center of Help, the City of Annapolis and Glen Burnie Regional Library.
The Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization