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Tennis Newsletter | May 2012 | 
Celebrating Special Olympic Athletes

Beach BlastOwl Creek Tennis Center recently hosted the 2012 USTA/Virginia Beach Blast on April 28. With almost 30 Special Olympic Athletes and over 70 volunteers, the event was a huge success, despite starting under cloudy skies. Using a "unified" format in which a Special Olympic Athlete paired with a volunteer, the teams played in super set, round robin style matches.

Matches were also conducted for some newer athletes using the smaller, adaptive 36' courts. In addition to the on-court doubles play, USTA/Virginia provided games, t-shirts and music to make the entire event festive for everyone!

Check out some great photos from the event!

Leagues Update

The spring season is in full swing with over 75 adult league teams taking part in competition. Winners from the spring league will advance to district competition later in the summer.

Summer League will be here before you know it. Whether you're looking to play singles, doubles, or mixed, there is something for everyone. Visit for more information.

Camps Introduce Kids to Tennis  
Register Your Child Now! First Camp Begins June 18
Spring Break CamperIf you are looking to expose your children to tennis in a fun, informative environment, one of our summer tennis camps may be perfect for you. Participants will be grouped according to level and learn the fundamentals of the game. It's a great way to meet new friends and get a little taste of what makes tennis such a great game. Wanna see the fun in action? Check out this video of one of our camps!

We offer outdoor tennis camps at Owl Creek, Kempsville Recreation Center, Lynnhaven Middle School and Bayville Farms Park. We also have indoor tennis camps at Owl Creek Tennis Center for those wanting to beat the heat!

Register at the links above or in person at any recreation center or Owl Creek Tennis Center.

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Recipe of the Month

Grilled Pork Tenderloin


Enjoy the spring weather and get to grilling with this easy marinated pork tenderloin!


Drop-In Clinics

Adv. Beg/Intermediate Clinic (2.5 to 3.5)

Mon & Wed | 6:30-8 pm | $21 


Cardio Tennis (all levels)

Tue & Fri | 9-10 am | $15


Men's Night Out (3.0 & up)

Tue | 7-8:30 pm | $21


Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up)

Thur | 7-8:30 pm | $21


As some of these clinics fill, we ask that you call 385-2695 in advance to have your name added to the list.  

Pro Tip: Keep Your Head in the Game
by Owl Creek Staff

One of the most common causes for unforced errors is lack of balance. An easy way to ensure better balance is to stabilize your head. Many players follow the ball with their head instead of with their eyes when it enters and exits their strike zone, and this results in poor balance. By keeping your head steady, you are much less likely to pull away from the ball at contact. Follow the ball with your eyes and pretend as if you are balancing a book on your head and you will make fewer errors.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. 
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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