|CORTA Award Nominations |
Do you know a special individual that deserves recognition for going the extra mile to make
things happen? Please take the time to nominate
someone you think is worthy of being honored!
You can be a winner too! With each nomination you submit, your name will be included in a drawing for a chance to win a one of the following great prizes: one-year movie pass to Carmike Cinemas, a two-night stay at the beautiful Callaway Gardens with free admission to the gardens, or two tickets to Friday's quarter finals (day session) at the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Only the first 150 nominators (with valid nominations) will be entered into this drawing. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 16, 2010. CORTA Awards will be presented at the CORTA Membership Appreciation Party on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Cooper Creek Tennis Center (stadium court)!
Cllck here to view CORTA Awards criteria and to submit your nominations now!
Thank you for your nominations and to our sponsors for their support!
CORTA Awards Committee: Patrick Callaway (chair), Sara Dismuke, Richard Galbraith, Dwan Grooms, Kit Hamilton, Gene Oswalt, and Christie Stewart.
|CORTA Membership Appreciation Party|
Please RSVP by Thursday, May 6th. Please come to the 2010 CORTA Cookout for all members and their families! Come enjoy food, fun, and on court games!
|Adult Program News
by Cissy Sanders & Charlie Clippinger
The CORTA Adult Programs Committee is working hard to give YOU more opportunties to play SOCIAL, FUN tennis! If you have some suggestions regarding Adult Programs, please contact one of the committee members. Committee members include Doug Gibson (chair), Theresa Ellison, Patricia Gibson, Lauren Griner, Mark Hudson, Daniel Lardinois, Scott Laymon, Robert Miller, Barbara Pettis, Dawn Scurry, and Joe Wilkinson.
Grab Your Racquet!
Join us for a blind draw pick-up game! This social mixer will give you an opportunity to play a with different players and meet new players. All levels are welcome! The first mixer will be held Saturday, April 17, 10:00 am - 12 noon at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. Pay for only your court fee. Balls will be provided. Email your contact information and rating to Scott Laymon
or call the CORTA office at 706-317-4136 if you want to play. Thanks to Scott Laymon
for spearheading this event!
Under Deucers! (Ages 21 - 40 .... get it?)
Players ages 21 - 40 will have a social tennis mixer once a quarter!
Enjoy relaxing, fun tennis and meeting fellow tennis fans!
Come and bring a friend! The first event will be held
Friday, June 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Plans are to continue the fun at
Momma Goldberg's Deli after tennis! More details to come.
Thanks to Lauren Griner for being the mastermind behind this program!
USTA Summer Leagues:
USTA Adult & Senior Mixed Doubles
Players combine NTRP ratings to play 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, or 9.0 teams. 5.0 level is a straight 2.5 level.League Play:
June 2 - July 25Adults Play:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and/or SundaysSeniors Play:
Wednesdays (Additional days may be scheduled if needed.)Registration Opens:
Monday, April 26 Deadline to form a team:
Wednesday, May 19 (players can be added throughout the season)USTA Southern Combo Doubles
This league encourages play with friends, family & co-workers!
Players of different NTRP levels can play together; they combine their NTRP ratings to play.
June 1 - August 23
Adults 5.5 & 7.5 Play: Mondays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays
Adults 5.0, 6.5, & 8.5 Play: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays
Seniors 6.5, 7.5, & 8.5 Play:Tuesday mornings 9:30 am or Friday evenings 6:30 pm
Registration Opens: Monday, April 26
Deadline to form a team: Wednesday, May 19 (players can be added throughout the season)
Players may play two levels during the same season, ex. a 3.5 may play 6.5 and 7.5.
League Play: June 3 - July 29 on Thursdays at 9:30 am
Registration Opens: Monday, April 26
Deadline to form a team: Monday, May 24 (players can be added throughout the season)
If you need help finding a team, please contact Cissy or Charlie.Corporate Team Tennis
CORTA's Corporate Team Tennis, sponsored by Michelob Ultra
, began this week at Cooper Creek Tennis Center! This league has grown to 24 teams! As a result of this growth, matches are being scheduled on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Nothing improves company morale like the combination of tennis and the networking of Columbus' corporate leaders. Thanks to Barbara Pettis, Russ Hagberg
and Laurie Wright
for volunteering at the inaugural night of Corporate Team Tennis!
Congratulations to the Spring USTA Adult League Winners!
Congratulations to the Spring USTA Senior League Winners!
Congratulations to the Spring City League Winners!
|CORTA will be hosting the Special Olympics Tennis Area Games on Friday, April 23 at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. We hope to have 50 or more special athletes competing in Basic Skills or Unified Doubles. We already have 60 volunteers who want to be involved in this special day! Fifteen athletes will be advancing to the State Special Olympic Games in Atlanta on May 22. This is all made possible by the efforts of the CORTA Jr. Teen Council, who raised all the monies for Special Olympics through the sponsorships of the CORTA Christmas Toy Tournament.|
|Junior Program News|
by Deby Caldwell
USTA Jr. Team Tennis
The Spring USTA Jr. Team Tennis season has been a huge success with 19 teams and 213 junior players! The competition has been great and the winner from each division will be eligible to advance to the state championships in Macon in July. We have 25 adults that volunteered to be coaches and captain. A special thanks for all the time and energy given to make this a great season! The season will end on Monday, April 12 with awards and a pizza party!
USTA Quickstart Jr. Team Tennis
Register now for the 8U and 10U levels. Juniors will play on modified courts using the QuickStart tennis format at Lakebottom Park on Sundays, April 18 - May 23 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. More information
Recreational Coaches Worskshop
CORTA will be hosting a USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop on Saturday, May 15 from
9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. This workshop will be conducted by a National USTA Trainer who will also provide written curriculum materials. This is recommended for all tennis professionals, coaches, team captains, volunteers, parents, or anyone interested in working with groups of tennis players of all ages. This will help to guarantee that you are up to date and trained on the latest methods of teaching. More informationSummer Camps
Intermediate/Advanced Summer Camp
This will be a week of intensive and competitive tennis training with an emphasis on stroke production, match play strategies, mental toughness, video analysis, strength and conditioning, and match simulation drills! Dates for upcoming summer camps are: Camp #1 June 14-18; Camp #2 July 19-23. More information
QuickStart Summer Camp
This is a one-week camp for juniors 8 & Under and 10 & Under. The camp schedule will consist of warm up, drills, match play, break, then a cool down activity. Camp date is June 28 - July 2. More information
by Aline Trussell
|USTA National Open Boys' 12s|
CORTA and Columbus Parks and Recreation hosted the USTA National Open Boys 12s tournament on February 13-17, 2010. Despite the snow and cold temperatures, it was a huge success with sixty-four players from across the country. The player party was held at the Courtyard Marriott. CORTA volunteer, Lynn Reis and her family, hosted an awesome party! The players enjoyed pizza and home baked desserts prepared by Lynn and her daughter, Annslee. A raffle for prizes was held while players enjoyed fellowship with other players over dinner. Several rounds of the tournament had to be played on the hard courts because Cooper Creek Courts were frozen. Thanks to CSU and the Cliff Farrar Tennis facility for their willingness to share their courts so that the tournament could go on. Local players, Preston Morpeth, Bense Medders, J.T. Powell and Kristopher Hill participated in the tournament. This tournament could not have been possible without the help of the following CORTA volunteers: the Illges Family, Adam Centerbar, Cissy Sanders, Russ Hagberg, Susan Markovich, Patty Lin, Max Patrick, Pattee Spenard, Margaret Love, Cathy Pitts, the Gordon Family and the Reis Family. Also, thank you to our Tournament Referee and Deputy Referee, Ken Smith and Nita Perry, and their officials who ensured that we had fair play. The court sweepers worked hard to ensure that each match was played on a freshly swept court. Thank you to the Columbus Sports Council for their sponsorship! Thank you to Donna Comer of Travels by Donna for the donation of round tables and seating for the Boys' 12s National Tournament. The boys and their parents really enjoyed a place to relax between matches as well as a place to enjoy their lunches prepared by Butterfingers Crazy Chicken.
Snow at Cooper Creek delayed the start of National Boys 12s!
CORTA Junior Championships
CORTA and the Columbus Parks and Recreation also hosted the CORTA Junior Championships on March 27-28, 2010. We had over 105 junior players participate in this singles and doubles tournament. Thank you to Columbus Regional Healthcare System and the Columbus Sports Council for your sponsorship. Thank you to CORTA volunteers, Adam Centerbar, Russ Hagberg, Walter Trussell, Walt Trussell, and the Illges Family!
Get ready to GO BANANAS! The Adult Banana Open begins on Sunday, April 25. Entry deadline is Sunday, April 18. The Junior Banana Open begins on Monday, May 3. Entry deadlinge is Tuesda, April 27. New for this year... keep in touch and follow the Banana Open on facebook, twitter, and You Tube! Let us know if you are interested in being a Banana Volunteer! More Information about Adult Banana Open. More information about Junior Banana Open.
Tournament Schedule for the Remainder of the Year:
June 4 - 7 Georgia Senior League State Championships AD Team - State
July 11 - 16 Southern 16s Clay Court Championships JR - Southern/National
July 23 - 24 CORTA Junior Satellite JR - State
August 4 - 8 Southern NTRP Clay Court Championships AD - Southern
December 3 - 4 CORTA Junior Toy Tournament JR - Local Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities
We are currently securing sponsors for our CORTA tournaments. Please contact Aline Trussell
, if you are interested in a sponsorship or making a donation to help with the 2010 tournaments. We are also looking for in-kind gifts and donations to be used in raffles. Each of our sponsorship packages are flexible and can be customized to suit individual needs/marketing requirements.
|TennisWorks in the Parks |
by Helen Martin
|TennisWorks in the Parks is in full force for the spring session at Lakebottom Park on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. I'm always amazed to see all the new and returning faces of children who just want to play tennis! Over 50 children with only 4 tennis courts is a big challenge for this program! But, we always seem to manage to have fun! I am very thankful for all the volunteers that generously give their time to the TennisWorks children! Thanks to Dwan Grooms, Bernard Francis, Anne Lyle Illges, John Illges, Mary Grier Illges, Margaret Love, Henssey Ngo, DeAnne Martin, Ron Morrison, Blake Hudson, and Katherine White! Thanks to CSU tennis team member, Hanane Toumi for all her help!
|Cardio Tennis |
|Registration is open now for the May/June sessions of Cardio Tennis. Sign up NOW!
Evening Sessions (6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.)
Tuesday Evenings: May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22
Thursday Evenings: May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24
Morning Sessions (10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)
Wednesday Mornings: May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23
|Atlanta Tennis Championships|
|USTA Southern will host the Atlanta Tennis Championships at the Atlanta Athletic Club,
July 19-25, 2010. This event will be the first stop on the Olympus Open Series. Tickets are on sale now!
John Isner and James Blake, the second- and fourth-ranked American men's tennis players, and former No. 1 player Lleyton Hewitt have committed to play in the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships. Click here for more details! Don't miss out!
|USTA Georgia Digital Yearbook|
Click on imagine to view the 2010 USTA Georgia Yearbook.
|Gift Donations |
|CORTA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We rely on donor support to sustain many valuable programs.
Thank you to our recent donors:
Rhonda Clippinger, TennisWorks in memory of Joe PearceAre you looking for a great way to honor your captain for a job well done? Consider making a contribution to CORTA.
Merrill Lynch, TennisWorks in the Schools
"In Honor of" Gifts - Such a contribution is a great way to observe someone's birthday or anniversary. The person honored by your contribution will receive a special card announcing your gift.
Memorial Gifts - Your gift will be acknowledged to family members or someone else you specify.
Gifts may be earmarked for a particular use or to support a CORTA program that is of special interest. Contact CORTA for more details.
|CORTA Membership Benefit.... Compliments of Buckhead Grill|
|Buckhead Grill is generously offering all CORTA members a|
15% discount (excludes alcohol). Buckhead Grill is the ultimate Columbus dining experience, known for its unique ambiance and outdoor dining since 1995. Guests are offered delicious New American Cuisine, cooking up American and Southern staples seasoned with cultural flavors for dinner daily. Buckhead Grill is located at 5010 Armour Road.
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