February - Issue 151
Your monthly news & updates
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
Tennis participation is growing across the country and Kentucky is working hard to provide new programming and identify ways to be more inclusive! Read More

At your service,
Mike Eden
RUN FOR RACQUETS VIRTUAL 5K
Run (or walk) for a Cause! Register for the first Run for Racquets VIRTUAL 5k. With each registration a tennis racquet will be given to your local community! Of the nine Southern states, Kentucky has the 3rd. most registrations (as of last Friday)! Way to go Kentucky! Read More
USTA SOUTHERN STATE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations to our USTA Kentucky Board President, Mike Eden on his being named Kentucky Volunteer of the Year by USTA Southern.
USTA Southern Board Treasurer, John Herring presented this well deserved Award to Mike!
USTA SOUTHERN AWARD WINNERS!
Congratulations to Charles Crawford for winning the Southern Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Rising Stars program for being named the NJTL Chapter of the Year. John Herring, Charles Crawford and Bruce Stone are pictured. Read More
DROP SHOTS LEAGUE IS GROWING
More dates, more locations! Stay tuned for updated information to be released soon!
TENNIS APPRENTICE
Beginner tennis program is starting! Play begins March 24th. REGISTER or contact Kathy Klein to start a program in your area!
40+ REC LEAGUE
Registration is open for Wild Aces! Play starts March 24th. REGISTER or contact Kathy Klein to start a program in your area!
LEAGUES ARE FORMING ACROSS THE STATE
Check with your local league coordinators for registration information! Teams are forming now, don't miss the fun! Click Here
to find your local coordinator contact information. (Purchase area team pictured)
DO YOU LOVE TENNIS?
If you love tennis and would be interested in sharing your love of the game - we need you! We are currently looking for tennis instructors. You don't need to be a professional just a tennis lover to teach the very basics! Please complete this BRIEF FORM and we will connect you with those eager to learn!
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLANNED IN BOWLING GREEN
Because of 2020 COVID related cancellations, Cameron Levis with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Special populations has new dates for 2021 Wheelchair Tennis Tournament to be held in the new Bowling Green Indoor facility. Nov 18-20, 2021. Details to follow. 
ONCE UPON A TIME
Bob and Marita Willis were featured in the Voice Tribune's article recognizing the everlasting love stories of five Louisville couples. Bob is Vice President of the Raise a Racquet Foundation board, works with youth tennis and both Marita and Bob are ready to help wherever needed! Read More
SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER
Check out the first edition of the Schools Newsletter. Valuable information for physical education teachers or anyone interested in kids tennis programming! Read More
Contact Maddie Notoris to be added to the mailing list!
KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS IS BACK
This spring Kentucky high school tennis is the only spring sport starting on schedule! 
Official practices are scheduled to start on Monday, February 15th and regular season matches can begin on March 8th, proving once again that tennis is one of the safest sports to be playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The regular season for tennis is slated to wrap by May 16th, with region tournaments scheduled to start on May 17th and completed by Wednesday May 26th. The 2021 Top Seed/KHSAA State Tennis Championships will be held in Lexington June 1 through June 3.
Make plans to safely support your favorite team and players as they play matches this season. 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for a job in tennis?? READ MORE
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLY NOW
The Southern Tennis Foundation offers college scholarships each year. Application deadline extended to March 16, 2021. READ MORE
UPCOMING JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
Top Gun 10 and Under Grand Prix (10U Only, Green Ball)
Louisville, February 27th
REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE
 
CCP Winter Classic, Level 6 (10U, 14U, 18U)
Paducah, February 27-28th
REGISTRATION: 10U CLICK HERE,
14-18U CLICK HERE
 
Top Seed Level 3 Open (Boys/Girls 16U Only)
Nicholasville, March 20-22nd
REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE

Contact Bryan Hash
USTA KENTUCKY AWARD WINNER PRESENTATIONS
Award presentations have been made in Lexington, Ashland, Louisville and Nicholasville. We've had to postpone Owensboro due to snow on our planned date! Hoping for next week! READ MORE
JIM EWERS NAMED TO BLACK TENNIS HALL OF FAME
Dr. James B. Ewers, Jr. of North Carolina and Southern Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, has been inducted into the 2021 Black Tennis Hall of Fame.  READ MORE
KATHLEEN WU ANNOUNCED AS USTA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
The USTA Foundation has announced that Kathleen J. Wu of Dallas has been named as the next President of its Board of Directors that is chaired by Chris Evert.  READ MORE
MAKE THOSE DELIVERIES COUNT
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Please select Raise a Racquet as your charity of choice when you shop or click link now!
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TALKING TENNIS SOUTHERN STYLE
Check out the latest Southern Podcast with our own Kathy Klein!
This episode contains an in-depth interview from USTA Southern President & CEO Randy Jackson, of Fort Smith, AR. Randy describes his goals for 2021, including focusing on growing tennis in public parks. He also talks about supporting the section’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee as we move into Black History Month. In our second segment, Alexandria Agee of Bigger Picture Sports serves the Black community in Atlanta with personalized activism messaging on tennis racquets. Highlighted are junior Ansley Carpenter, of Newnan, GA, and USTA Kentucky Senior Manager of USTA Adult Leagues Kathy Klein. LISTEN NOW
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REGISTER YOUR KROGER CARD
Select Raise a Racquet as your charity of choice! Help to share tennis with others just by grocery shopping! READ MORE  
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