The respective parks and recreation departments from the city of Cleveland and Bradley County recently hosted a meeting with local tennis advocates to develop a new program for the community. The gathering was at the Cleveland Municipal Building.
Bradley/Cleveland Tennis Association President Charlie Smith invited representatives from Tennessee’s United States Tennis Association Southern, which covers tennis enthusiasts across nine states in the South. Tracy Davies, executive director; Tara Williams, community coordinator; and Helen Smith, past president, were in attendance at the meeting.
"I am glad that we can provide a positive program for our community,” said Smith.
The group of attendees were given information regarding the support that the USTA could provide for the local tennis program. The USTA will provide league support and grant opportunities for court renovations and equipment purchases.
Helen Smith facilitated the development of the local Bradley/Cleveland Tennis Association board and by-laws. The new board is comprised of the following individuals: president, Charlie Smith; vice president, Bob Taylor; secretary/treasurer, Janie Goff; Patti Pettit, Cleveland Parks and Recreation director; Paul Wyrick, Bradley County Park and Recreation director, Nancy Zierenburg, Nancy Casson, Dr. Mike Hoops and Tony Cavett.
Smith will also be submitting the paperwork for the association to receive 501(c)(3) status.
The Bradley/Cleveland Tennis Association will begin registration for their first Junior Tennis League and Adult Flex League on June 21, at the Devos Tennis Center of Lee University Campus. The 10-under group will go from 9-10 a.m.; 11-14 and under from 10-11 a.m.; and 15-18 and under from 11 a.m. to noon. The fees for Youth-Bradley /Cleveland Tennis Association are $35 and $20 with USTA membership.
An Adult Flex League mixer will be held June 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Devos Tennis Center. Fees for Adults-Bradley/Cleveland Tennis Association are $35 and $44.
RSVP for the mixer is not necessary but is appreciated.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-728-7035.
“The USTA Tennessee is excited to partner with Cleveland and Bradley County in forming a new Community Tennis Association, and delivering high-quality tennis programming to Cleveland and its surrounding areas. It is the hard work of local volunteers that grows tennis in Tennessee, and we are excited to witness this in Cleveland,” Williams stated.