AAACTA Advantage
News from the Ann Arbor Area Community Tennis Association           March 2009
A community organization dedicated to supporting and promoting tennis
in the Ann Arbor area.


2009 City Tournament

June 24-28

Mixed Doubles
July 11-12

July 24-26

July 23-24

Town Tennis Celebration
July 26


Board of Directors

Patrick Lee

Kathy Legatski
Vice President

Helen Peters

Barbara Wasneski

Karen Baxter
Sandell Bennett
Denise Goss
Bil Hinton
Nancy Kelley
Carol Luckenbach
Barbara Mueller
Sally Petersen
Rebecca Rae
Paul Ripley
Vanda Shadigian
Linda Woodland

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In This Issue
This Year's City Tournament, 90 Years Young
2009 Board of Directors
Mueller Award
Middle School Program is Thinking Spring
Do We Have A Volunteer?

2009 City Tournament Plans in Motion
Our Long-Playing Tradition

Ninety years ago 24 men played a single elimination tournament at West Park. They scheduled their own matches, reported their results - and started a bit of tennis history. 

This year the Ann Arbor City Tennis Tournament is celebrating its 90th year and you're invited.  Come play, be a volunteer, pull up a seat and watch.
Patrick Lee returns as Tournament Director.   The Committee is working on details and we're welcoming sponsors.  Contact AAACTA if you're interested in joining the fun.  2009 Tournament dates are at left and more info will follow.

Women started tournament play in 1922 - another cause for celebration!

2009 AAACTA Board of Directors
Stepping up to serve

Sixteen Board members representing tennis players throughout the area were elected at AAACTA's annual meeting on February 8.  Patrick Lee, left, takes over as President from Bil Hinton. Bil served for 4 years and wins our appreciation for a job well done. 

Thanks also to our 2008 Board members for a year of AAACTA accomplishment. 

List of 2009 AAACTA Board Members is at left.  Here's to a high-bouncin' year.

2008 Bob Mueller Tennis Award
For the love of tennis and the memory of Bob

Matt Kempf speaks for us all about tennis. "It's fun.  It's great exercise.  I love beating a person with a great shot," he says.  Matt, a student at Brighton's Scranton Middle School, is the 2008 recipient of the Mueller Award, and will use his $500 prize to help with tuition at a summer tennis camp.
The Mueller Award was established in 1999 by Bob's family and friends as a tribute to his lifelong participation and support of tennis in the Ann Arbor community. The award is presented to a City Junior Tennis Tournament player or a Middle School Program participant based on financial need, potential for development and sportsmanship.

The award was presented by Barbara Mueller at AAACTA's annual meeting.

Middle School Program - Thinking Spring
AAACTA's Intramural teams take to courts in mid-April
AAACTA's popular Middle School Intramural Program offers tennis instruction to students across the city. Weeks of practice culminate in a high-spirited Rally Ball Tournament at the UM Varsity Tennis Center.

AAACTA will be looking for volunteers. Give an hour a week at one of the city's 6 middle schools. Laughter guaranteed.  Stay tuned for more info - or contact Helen Peters.

AAACTA & Kids - Partners in Fun

Last year AAACTA served up a host of lively programs for young players.  In addition to the April-June Middle School Intramural Program, the Kids' Clinic during the 2008 City Tournament was a favorite.  Thanks to Vanda Shadigian for her organization.
A Kids' Clinic during November's Girls National 16's Tournament at the VTC was also a hit.  Special thanks go to Clare North.


Do We Have A Volunteer?
The City Tournament Committee is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the 2009 Tournament.  Responsibilities include recruiting volunteers and coordinating with other committee members to assign volunteers before, during and after the Tournament.  Find a friend and do this as a co-chair!  Contact AAACTA for further details.


Sandell Bennett
AAACTA Newsletter Editor
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