Get fit, have fun, make new friends and play more tennis!    

Here are five New Year's Wishes for YOU from Rockingham County Tennis Association:
1.  Drop in for free Family Play Days on Sunday afternoons at YMCAs in Eden, Reidsville and Mayodan.
2.  Play more tennis with your family on 42 new playground tennis courts.
3.  Kids age 6-12 join a Free After School Kids Tennis Club at Bridge Street Recreation Center in Eden .
4.  Check out the Xerox middle and high school player clinics on Saturdays with Coach Bitrus at WR YMCA.
5.  Meet our Executive Director Shelby Rhyne

"RALLY THE FAMILY" for Indoor Family Play Days at a YMCA near YOU!

Forty-Two new playground courts were striped at locations across Rockingham County by Quality Seal Coating and Sport Surfaces LLC in December.  These 18x36 foot courts are perfect for children and families to play together with temporary nets, smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls.  

Contact us at to check out a Family Pack of equipment and find a court near YOU.


Bethany Elementary, 271 Bethany Road(4 courts)
Monroeton Elementary, 8081 US Hwy 158  (4 courts)
Salvation Army, 704 Barnes Street (4 courts)
Wentworth Elementary, 8806 NC 87  (4 courts)
Williamsburg Elementary, 2830 NC Hwy 87   (4 courts) 

Boys and Girls Club of Eden, 1026 Harris Street (2 courts)
Douglass Elementary, 408 Price Street  (4 courts)
Eden Family YMCA, 301 S Kennedy Street (3 courts)
Holmes Middle School, 211 N. Pierce Street  (8 courts)
Lincoln Elementary, 2660 Oregon Hill Road (4 courts)
Huntsville Elementary, 2020 Sardis Church Road (4 courts)
FREE AFTER SCHOOL KIDS TENNIS CLUB at Bridge Street Recreation Center in Eden

FREE INDOOR CLINICS for middle and high school players at WR YMCA in Mayodan
Bitrus Istifanus 
FREE middle school and high school player clinics with Coach Bitrus Istifanus began on Saturday, December 19 and continue every Saturday through February 8 at the Western Rockingham YMCA indoor courts. Players may register at the WR YMCA when they arrive or pick up a form ahead of time at either the  Eden Family or WR YMCA. Parents will need to sign a waiver for their player to participate.

These clinics are sponsored by a generous donation from Xerox Community Involvement Program.

LOCATION: WR YMCA, 600 S 5th Ave, Mayodan, NC 27027 (336) 427-9622.

10-11am 6th and 7th grade 
11-12N 8th grade
12-1pm High School Girls
1-2pm High School Boys

*The schedule may be adjusted based on skill levels and attendance. For questions please call Coach B at (336) 552-5057

MEET SHELBY RHYNE, RC Tennis Association Executive Director
When did you come to Rockingham County?   We moved here in October 2014 after living in Columbus Ohio for 14 years.

Where did you learn to play tennis?  I learned to play in Gastonia NC as a teenager but joined my first USTA Adult league when we lived in Columbus. A friend invited me to volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbus Tennis Association and I was hooked on community tennis.  Volunteering with Buddy Up Tennis - a tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome - made me passionate about tennis as a game for everyone.

What is something most people don't know about you?  I play a 4-person tile game called Mahjongg weekly at the Garden of Eden Senior Center and travel to tournaments across the country with friends.

"We've created a community tennis association in Rockingham County at the just the right time to join a nationwide effort by USTA to create the next generation of tennis players. I love meeting the children and their families on the playgrounds, gyms and courts every day. Tennis is just so much FUN."

We hope you notice that something EXTRAordinary is happening in Rockingham County.  We're growing a tennis community here.

Did you notice the word FREE is almost every section of our newsletter?  RC Tennis is funded by grants from USTA, Xerox, and individual sponsors.     THANKS to this support RC Tennis hosted 152 events for over 1900 participants in 2015.  

We hope to see YOU in 2016.

Shelby Rhyne, 
Executive Director
Rockingham County Tennis Association
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