10 years in a row!
Middle School Program
Wraps Up Another Season
See all the fun and games here!
Take 200 plus sixth graders from all over the city. Add intrepid volunteers, balls, rackets, t-shirts, put it all together at the UM VTC. Do NOT forget the pizza. It's the Ralleyball Tournament, the high-energy finale to AAACTA's Middle School Program.
Many, many thanks to all of the volunteers for your commitment over the season - it's a winning program because of you!
Evening's entertainment included all-pro exhibition match. Left to right, Dan Goldberg, Dominika Dieskova, Gordon Boettcher (umpire & commentator!), Camilla Belassi and Peter Pusztai.
AAACTA Raises Racket
For Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
It was good fun for a good cause on May 21 at the VTC. Several dozen players came out for fun tennis and good eating. When the evening was over $1,700 was raised for SAWC. Event Chair, Kathy Legatski and her team of merry-makers hit an ace.
Sponsors, Contributors & Volunteers!
UM Varsity Tennis Center, Huron
Valley Tennis Center, Deb Wood,
Honey Baked Ham, Ronni Bernstein,
Jim Holman, Craig Capelli, Irfan Bhabhrawala, Lucy Langa, Helen Peters, Patricia Saad, Mary Veal, Carol Luckenbach, Steve and Mary Beth Putnam, Barbara Wasneski, Barbara Campbell, Sandell Bennett, Janet Remen, Kathy Legatski, Kathy Green, Barbara Mueller, Gordon Boettcher
Thanks to Our Participating Pros
Dan Goldberg, Peter Pusztai, Dominika Dieskova, Camilla Belassi, Marty Maehr, Clare North
Pass it on!
High Schoolers Return
5 Years Later as Volunteers
Ryan Jackson and Varun Chethan know all about AAACTA's Middle School Program. As 6th graders they played on the Forsythe team. Now Skyline High varsity team players, they returned this year to coach a new crop of kids.
For Ryan, the Middle School Program was his first significant playing opportunity. A year or so later, he committed to playing more, playing better, and is now a singles player. He likes the team aspect and the individual challenge. "It's just you, no excuses," he says.
Varun already had tennis experience when he joined the 6th grade program - but who isn't always looking for an opportunity to hit more balls?! He loves the intensity and the vibe when everyone's involved and engaged in a match.
Both players plan to keep playing - in USTA, possibly in tournaments and college. "As long as my body holds out," quips Varun, "and my family lives a long time!"
Here's to Varun and Ryan, a couple of gung-ho coaches and inspirational role models! There they are in this 2006 photo, front row, first and second from left.
Give back to Tennis!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED To Introduce Tennis at Metro Detroit Youth Day
Wed., July 13th 9am-2:30pm at Belle Isle in Detroit
Sponsored by the Michigan Food and Beverage Assoc. and the Michigan Small Business Association,
Metro Detroit Youth Day is an annual event held at Belle Isle that hosts thousands of youth from Metro Detroit for games, contests, entertainment, sports clinics, and lunch. The purpose of Metro Detroit Youth Day is to promote positive relations between the community, businesses, government and youth. In addition, Youth Day encourages youngsters to pursue college and motivates them to achieve their goals.
This is the USTA's seventh year at Metro Detroit Youth Day. We hope you will join us introducing Youth Day participants to the sport of a lifetime!
- No equipment needed
- Tennis teaching skills are NOT a requirement
- Under 18 years, must be accompanied by parent or guardian
To help, please call the Southeast Michigan USTA Office (734) 421-1025 or email
AAACTA administers a bulletin board on the AAACTA web site where you can look for suitable folks to hit with - and post your own info. Check it out.
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