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Nancy Massart

Nancy Massart
Executive Director

(1/26/09)

Executive Director’s Report, Winter, 2009

As we gear up for a new year, the Wisconsin Tennis Association continues to strive to service our members by offering a full range of programs that benefit every aspect of tennis.

  • Chip Liefert, and his Junior Development Committee has implemented a new administrator of Jr. Excellence Programs in the Milwaukee area. Our Northern Wisconsin Area Player Development Program continues to service top-ranked juniors in the northern part of the state.
  • Judy Veloff, USTA League Tennis DLC, completed a successful year with record participation of over 9,500. Our adult, senior super seniors, mixed, combo, senior mixed and tri-level leagues continue to grow, with year-round play common now in Wisconsin.
  • Linda Freedman, Media and Marketing Coordinator has demonstrated the necessary marketing and communication skills needed to promote, grow and service Wisconsin grass roots programs, and increase the visibility of tennis, the WTA, and specifically those programs to the general public.
  • Christy Etten, Junior Team Tennis DLC, continues to make great strides in the USTA’s top inititive, JTT. Christy recently completed her first year with the WTA and posted record participation for our junior players, 2,458.
  • Erika Wentz, has canvassed the state logging thousands of miles in order to expand and improve WTA programs, events and activities.

Since we are a service organization, our volunteers continue to be the driving force behind the success of our programs and initiatives. And it all begins with the president. The WTA is fortunate to have Lloyd Cook for a second term as president. Lloyd, along with our many volunteers form a strong base that makes the state of our association what it is today, a leader in the USTA and the Midwest Section. Thanks to all for your continued service and support.

We continue to offer special programs, such as Tennis for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wheelchair Tennis, and minority programs for Badger Tennis Club and The Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation. These worthwhile programs help us offer something for everyone and remind us of our mission: “To Promote, Develop and Service the Game of Tennis.”

MEMBERSHIP
Wisconsin’s current USTA memberships as of December, 2008, is 11,417, ranking us 3rd in the Section overall. Adult memberships are 7,580, second in the section to Ohio Valley, which is only 47 members higher. Our junior membership ranks 4th in the section with 3,800 junior members.

MEMBERSHIP REBATE PROGRAM
The membership rebate program will continue from January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009 for adults. Please see details on how to qualify on the Rebate Form. Juniors will be able to take advantage of our new rebate program on the Nike Dri-fit Team shirt for Junior Team Tennis Players.

TOURNAMENTS FOR 2009
The sanctioning of the adult and junior tournaments for 2009 is complete with over 125 adult and junior tournaments on this year’s schedule. Tom Chorney, Sanction & Schedule Chairman and his committee have determined that we will use the Wisconsin Points Per Round for 2009 and adopt the Midwest table beginning next year. I would encourage tournament directors to promote one day tournaments at their clubs. If any club is interested in holding a one-day or Show-Down tournament this year, please let me know. The Midwest Section will reimburse tournament directors their $50 Sanction fee.

Please contact Nancy Massart, Executive Director at nmassart@wi.rr.com if you have any questions.


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