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Holiday Greeting to All!

Tennis Alliance Outreach had a busy and successful 2021 delivering tennis and educational programming to under-resourced communities in Anne Arundel County.

During this difficult time, our healthy outdoor sport has been a treat to so many youth and families. The Tennis Alliance Outreach arm, 'Serving Up Tennis', partners with nonprofit organizations to support shared missions, healthy lifestyles and values learned through sport. In 2021 we provided free weekly programs for:
  • HACA, Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Center of Help / Centro de Ayuda
  • Special Olympics MD, Anne Arundel County
  • Truxtun Park neighborhood communities
  • Head Start Brooklyn/Brooklyn Park Library
Special Events
  • Crofton Chamber of Commerce, National Night Out
  • City of Annapolis, Truxtun Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony tennis clinic

The Tennis Alliance is a 501c3 volunteer organization and the only USTA NJTL Chapter (National Junior Tennis and Learning) in Anne Arundel County. We rely on your donations, grant support, and volunteers to run our programs and support organizational costs.

Please consider giving the GIFT OF TENNIS to others!
Add the Tennis Alliance to your annual giving.


$20 provides one child with a new youth racket and tennis balls.
All donations support instruction costs, educational materials, equipment, and organizational capacity.
$90 sponsors one child to participate in USTA AACTA Junior Team Tennis program
$130 sponsors one child to participate in the Patapsco League season

Checks payable to: Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County
Sent to: P.O. Box 6297, Annapolis MD 21401

Thank you to our grant providers!
  • USTA Foundation
  • USTA Mid Atlantic
  • Rotary Club of Parole
  • The Krall Family Foundation
And our Partners!
  • Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)
  • Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks
  • Annapolis Recreation and Parks

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!
Louise Gengler Thomas
(609) 647 5958
Tennis Center at Millersville Park - Update

The Anne Arundel County tennis community is very disappointed to learn that the Pittman Administration and Recreation and Parks have taken actions that will effectively stop the Tennis Center at Millersville Park project. No specific plans have been provided for moving forward with a tennis center that AACo so desperately needs.

A summary of recent developments follows:

COPPERMINE LEASE REJECTED BY COUNTY COUNCIL
AACo’s attempt to find a partner through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process conducted by the Purchasing Department was unsuccessful. Coppermine, LLC., a Baltimore-based sports club operator, was selected as “best value” by a selection committee. The County awarded Coppermine a lease to design, build and operate the indoor facilities and the tennis center subject to County Council approval.
 
Compelling public testimony at public hearings supported the tennis center project but opposed a 50-year lease (two 25-year terms) to Coppermine on the grounds that the Coppermine proposal provided uncertain public benefits and would permit operations to expand far beyond tennis including a for-profit health club. On Oct 18th the council rejected the lease with Coppermine by a 4-3 vote.

The Council rejected the lease - they did NOT reject the tennis center project. In fact Council Members who voted to reject the lease have stated that they support the development of a tennis center at Millersville Park. 

IT IS THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S PREROGATIVE TO TAKE THE NEXT ACTION
Mr. Pittman and his administration have the authority to move the eight-year Recreation and Park project forward through further negotiations with the bidder, opening negotiations with the second qualified bidder, JTCC (Junior Tennis Champions Center), or through other procurement strategies.

The project funding has been approved by the County Council each year since 2016, and $6.53M is in the budget for the Tennis Center at Millersville Park.

PITTMAN PLANS TO GIVE THE TENNIS FUNDING AND TENNIS SITE
TO OTHER SPORTS
A front page article in the Capital Gazette Oct. 29, "Millersville space designated for Coppermine tennis center likely to be used for other recreational sports now" announced that the Pittman Administration plans to abandon the Tennis Center at Millersville Park project. Mr. Pittman hopes to "repurpose" the tennis funding and "reprogram" the Millersville site for sports fields. Mr. Pittman stated, "We’ll make a plan for tennis.” Unfortunately, that plan has no site, no funding, no vision.

LOUISE THOMAS COMMENTARY, CAPITAL GAZETTE NOV. 14
Tennis Alliance Board President, Louise Thomas, wrote of the tennis community’s concern and reaction to these developments in a recent Capital Gazette OPINION column. SEE: "Pittman Playing Politics with Tennis Center Project"

MOVING FORWARD
We do not understand why County Executive Pittman is taking this action. The Tennis Alliance will work through continued advocacy and consultation with the tennis community to keep pressure on our elected officials to keep the Millersville site for tennis and to keep the $6.53M legislatively-approved funding for the tennis center 
Center of Help /
Centro de Ayuda
43 participants, 12 sessions, Annapolis High School

Special Olympics MD/
Anne Arundel County
22 athletes, 10 sessions, Annapolis High School

Truxtun Park/City of Annapolis
66 participants, 12 sessions, Truxtun Park

HACA
Annapolis Housing Authority
12 Participants, 14 sessions, PAL Park

Advanced Training
2 athletes sponsored for the Junior Team Tennis season and Patapsco League season
Brooklyn Park Head Start/Brooklyn Park Library
Rotary Club of Parole Grant
12 participants, 8 sessions,
Pumphry Park, Brooklyn Park


National Night Out
Crofton Chamber of Commerce
Over 75 participants, Crofton Library
Truxtun Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Tennis Alliance provided a table promoting a healthy lifestyle and conducted a free adult and youth tennis clinic
Recycle Your Tennis Balls!
We keep tennis balls out of landfills!
Email Randy Stevens to arrange pick up or drop off as appropriate. totallytennis@hotmail.com
Donate your Used Rackets!
We collect and refurbish used tennis rackets
Email Louise Thomas for pick up. Lthomas@tennisAllianceAAC.org
Join Our Volunteer Team
No tennis experience is required.
Adults and juniors welcome - HS Service hours
Visit SignUpGenuis to add your name
For questions contact Louise Thomas