EVENTS AND TENNIS NEWS for ROCKINGHAM COUNTY NC - NOVEMBER 2016

Our November Newsletter announces award-winning news for our Rockingham County tennis community along with highlights from our RCS After School Kids Tennis Clubs, fall festivals and Level 6 Junior Tennis Tournament.  

Did you know there are FIVE locations where you can play Pickle Ball indoors in Rockingham County? 

Have fun, make new friends, get fit and play more tennis!
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY REGCOGNIZED WITH TWO USTA NC AWARDS
  USTA North Carolina annually honors those who have done an outstanding job on the court and off to promote our great sport.  In 2016, Rockingham County has two USTA NC award winners.  
 
Rockingham Community College has been named the 2016 Facility of the Year.    This award is presented each year to a facility in North Carolina displaying quality in courts and surfaces, overall layout, amenities, USTA programming and overall contributions to tennis in North Carolina.  
 
Shelby Rhyne, RC Tennis Executive Director, will receive the NC Educational Merit Award given by Karen and Buster Brown.  This award recognizes an individual or program who has developed an outstanding tennis initiative, which provides leadership and inspiration in junior programming for schools, colleges, parks, playgrounds and benefits the growth of tennis. 
 
Rockingham Community College and Shelby Rhyne will be honored at USTA North Carolina's Tennis Weekend at the Pinehurst Resort on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at noon.
TENNIS FUN AT ROCKINGHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS FALL FESTIVALS
RC Tennis was "on the road" three Saturdays in October at Elementary School Fall Festivals in Wentworth, Eden and Madison.  Our last appearance will be at New Vision PTO Fall Festival on October 29 from 12-2pm in Madison.  Hope we had a chance to meet YOU on the courts.
USTA LEVEL 6 YOUTH TENNIS TOURNAMENT at JAYCEE PARK OCTOBER 9
Twenty-one young players from our USTA Junior Team Tennis program participated in a  fun round robin singles tournament at Jaycee Park in ReidsvIlle on Sunday October 9.   Click  here  for more pictures from our fall JTT season, tournament, and pizza party.  

Spring JTT season begins Sunday April 23 with a Free Play Day Kick-Off.
 
NATIONAL MAGAZINE FEATURES COMMUNITY TENNIS EFFORTS
Jonathan Whitbourne, with Parks & Recreation Magazine, captures the essence and impact of partnerships between Community Tennis Associations, National Junior Tennis and Learning chapters (NJTL) and local public parks in his recent article,"Tennis, Everyone!" in Parks & Recreation Magazine.     

The article features three NJTL locations across the country who are succeeding in their communities.  These collaborations are the perfect match as communities gain much more than tennis lessons and educational programs, they receive a sense a pride and community champions that will continue to give back. To read the article click here.

RC Tennis has applied for a grant from the USTA Foundation to expand our NJTL program to reach 5 summer camps with over 165 young players next summer.
PICKLE BALL AT FIVE LOCATIONS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY YEAR ROUND
Pickle Ball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.   The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 100,000 players actively playing pickle ball.

Pickle Ball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played indoor on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net with a paddle and a plastic ball.

In Rockingham County, adults can play Pickle Ball at these locations.  Please call ahead to confirm time of play.
We've wrapped up our 2016 tennis year with JTT, Kids Tennis Clubs and Fall Festivals across the county but that doesn't mean you can't grab a racket and head to the courts with your family and friends and enjoy some wonderful fall tennis weather. Here's a short video of fun games you can try.

P.s.  Red and orange balls along with inexpensive junior and adult rackets are available at all three WalMart stores in Rockingham County and red ball courts are painted on the playgrounds at 7 local elementary schools.


 
Shelby Rh yne, 
Executive Director
Rockingham County Tennis Association
RCTennisAssociation@gmail.com
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Rockingham County Tennis Association (RC Tennis) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, a USTA Community Tennis Association and a registered National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapter.   We are an organized group of volunteers and professionals who provide programs and events to promote the growth of tennis in Rockingham County, NC including the cities of Eden, Madison, Mayodan, Reidsville, Stoneville and Wentworth.  About Us.