EVENTS AND TENNIS NEWS for ROCKINGHAM COUNTY - SEPTEMBER 2015

September is a great time to get out to the courts with your family to have FUN, get FIT, and make new FRIENDS.   Here are a some ways to be a tennis fan or swing a racket on a court near you.
  1. Sit court side for a Rockingham County high school girls varsity tennis match. 
  2. Join RC Tennis for our FREE September Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play Tennis PLAY DAY at Jaycee Park in Reidsville - Sunday September 13 at 3pm.
  3. Register your young player for FALL Junior Team Tennis or to play in the McDonalds Fall Classic at the Eden Family Y
  4. Join RC Tennis volunteers in the Kids Zone at Eden's RiverFest 2015 Saturday September 12.  Look for the mini-nets in the Fieldcrest parking lot on Henry Street.
  5. Looking to tune up your game or learn to play?  Coach Bitrus Istifanus is ready to help you find yourself in the game.  
  6. And don't forget to turn on ESPN the first two weeks in September and watch the world's best players compete at the US Open in NYC.
There are 32 public tennis courts in Rockingham County.  Want to find the ones nearest to you?  Visit our website's Facilities page or download the Be Healthy Rockingham County App to your mobile phone or device.

We've got game Rockingham County.

RCS PE TEACHERS ATTEND USTA SCHOOLS TENNIS WORKSHOP
Deirdre Moyer, Student Health Coordinator for Rockingham County Schools, hosted a School Tennis Training on Wednesday August 19 at the Rockingham County Middle School gym.  Over 40 elementary, middle and high school PE teachers were "on the courts" with USTA NC trainers Andrew Waldrop and Alex Johnson.  Here are a few RCS youth tennis highlights for the 2015-16 school year:
  1. Four elementary schools have youth tennis equipment and will introduce youth tennis in their PE classes - New Vision, Dillard, Stoneville and Williamsburg.
  2. Rockingham County Middle School will receive a free youth tennis equipment package for hosting the Schools Tennis Training.
  3. RCS Kids Companion Childcare has youth tennis equipment at 7 after school locations 
  4. RC Youth Services Students of Success after school program (SOS) has youth tennis equipment at three middle schools.
  5. Williamsburg Elementary will paint four youth tennis red ball courts (18x36 feet) on their playground with help from RC Tennis and USTA Facilities Assistance funding.
MEET RC TENNIS PROFESSIONAL BITRUS ISTIFANUS
In the early nineties, Bitrus Istifanus arrived in North Carolina from Nigeria to attend Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh and play on their college tennis team.  After working in the Greensboro tennis community, he came to Rockingham County as the tennis instructor at the Eden Family Y.  He is a certified 10 and Under coach and member of the Professional Tennis Registry.

Coach "B" has been a valuable member of RC Tennis Association since the first Family Tennis Festival at Farris Park in May 2014.  He is a coach for Junior Team Tennis coach, Eaglemania tennis camp at Rockingham Community College and for the free Xerox middle and high school player clinics.  He was on the courts this summer with Kids Tennis Clubs at Bridge Street Recreation Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Eden, and the Eden Family Y.  

Bitrus offers private and group tennis lessons for children and adults.  Contact Coach "B" at the Eden Family Y (336) 623-8496.
FREE NICKELODEON PLAY DAY KICKS-OFF FALL JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS  SUNDAY SEPT 13

Join us at Jaycee Park in Reidsville for a FREE Nickelodeon WWDOP Tennis PLAY DAY on Sunday September 13 from 3-5pm.  Bring your friends!

Our USTA Play Day is free for all players age 6-18 to get on the court for fun team games or to try tennis for the very first time.  More experienced players will enjoy low pressure competition with new friends at their age and ability level.

Register online at www.youthtennis.com.
DOWNLOAD BE HEALTHY ROCKINGHAM COUNTY APP TO YOUR DEVICE NOW
Download Be Healthy, Rockingham County, NC App to your phone now to begin your path to a healthier you.  Discover all the fun options Rockingham County has to get and keep you healthy!
  • Turn-by-Turn directions to various healthy places such as playgrounds, rivers, farmer's markets, roadside stands, recreation centers, trails, walking tracks, and 32 public TENNIS COURTS.
  • A variety of healthy recipes including recipes for diabetics, those with high cholesterol or blood pressure.
  • Healthy eating and active living tips galore.
  • Find a community garden near you or learn how to start one.
  • Information on boating, fishing, canoeing, rafting, tubing, waterskiing in the beautiful waters in Rockingham County!
  • Discover the trails where your two feet and two wheels can take you.  Whether it's paved, gravel, dirt, mulch, or asphalt - we have it! 
  • Learn about Rockingham County School's policy regarding community use.
  • Hear about upcoming events in all corners of the county.
  • Find out more on what Rockingham County has to offer!
Every four years, Rockingham County comes together to assess the health of the community. Physical activity and nutrition has been a top health concern for community leaders and residents for the last 12 years. In an effort to address this concern, Be Healthy Rockingham County, NC was created by the Local Physical Activity and Nutrition (LPAN) Workgroup. The LPAN workgroup is comprised of various community organizations, agencies, businesses, and concerned citizens who want to improve their health as well as their family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. 
FALL JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS MATCHES BEGIN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20
Rockingham County FALL USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) will play 4 matches on September 20, 27, October 4 and 11.  Players will be organized on teams based on age and ability.  Our program is co-ed with boys and girls playing together on the same team.  No previous competitive experience is necessary. 

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.

Follow these instructions to register your player for Rockingham County JTT:
  1. Purchase a USTA membership for your player.
    1. For players 10 years old and under, get membership free for the first year here
    2. For players age 11-18, purchase a one year USTA membership for $20 here.
    3. If your player played on our spring team or is already a USTA member, go to step 2.
  2. Register for team # 7039273346 online here.  You'll need a credit card and your player's USTA membership number.  The registration fee is $35 and covers court fees, balls, a team t-shirt, and end of season celebration.  A limited number of scholarships are available for the $35 registration fee only.
The deadline to register to play in the first match is Thursday, September 17.   Questions or to apply for a scholarship, please c ontact Shelby Rhyne at RCTennisAssociation@gmail.com.
MCDONALDS FALL CLASSIC  TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO THE EDEN FAMILY SEPTEMBER 18
USTA Junior players from across the Triad arrive at the Eden Family Y to play in the 2015  McDonald's Fall Junior Classic beginning Friday September 18.    Young players age 8-18 will play singles and doubles in this USTA Level 4 Junior tournament.  Kyle Gatti is the Tournament Director and Tracey Horton is the USTA Tournament Referee.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 15.  For more information or to register a player, click here .

USTA NC provides a  FREE tournament voucher to encourage current High School and Junior Team Tennis players to play in their first sanctioned tournament. High School Coaches should contact Jane Scott  jane@nctennis.com and Junior Team Tennis players should contact Caroline Downs  caroline@nctennis.com for free entry fee vouchers.


Do you love to play with children?  Have a little extra time on your hands?  We're looking for part-time help with our after school Kids Tennis Program during the 2015-16 school year.  Kids Tennis Clubs usually meet from 3-5pm on weekdays are are held at elementary and middle schools around the county.

Tennis experience is welcome but not required; high school students and adults may apply.  You must have your own transportation.    Contact RC Tennis if you are interested in this opportunity to help our youth find themselves in the game. 

Shelby Rhyne
Executive Director
Rockingham County Tennis Association
RCTennisAssociation@gmail.com

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