What WTTA Does
We teach an “Ace Obesity in Schools” program to area third graders. We share the benefits of healthy eating and getting moving and then teach them tennis during their school PE classes. For all new schools we visit, we purchase tennis equipment for them to keep (two kid-sized portable tennis nets, twenty rackets, and foam balls), making the tennis program sustainable at the schools. We have taught this program at 25 third grade classes in area schools over the past five years, teaching 1,650 third graders tennis, and providing tennis equipment so that over 4,200 elementary school kids have access to tennis at school.
We provide after-school clinics and lessons at the YMCA during the school year. The USPTA certified tennis pro runs progressive skill tennis clinics for children ages five and above. The younger kids start on smaller sized courts, with smaller rackets and slower balls, and advance through four skill levels to regulation play and yellow regulation balls.
We run tennis programs outdoors during summer months at the Cypress Cove Country Club (CCCC), including week-long summer camps for kids of all ages.
We started a Junior Tennis Club program for area high school players to keep them playing throughout the year. We provide tennis drills, competitions, and a pizza party.
We teach tennis to area high school teams and have provided coaching clinics to the teams.
This past year, we donated tennis rackets to the Franklin High School Boys Tennis Team and we also donate our used tennis balls to high school tennis teams.
We partnered with the Franklin High School Advanced PE class to offer them a series of tennis clinics and then donated portable tennis nets, rackets, and balls to the high school so they can continue to offer tennis instruction in their PE classes.
We teach free year-round after-school clinics for underprivileged kids in the Boys and Girls Club and also provide them with free weekly summer camps throughout the summer.
We provide free organized play and fun/games for high school and college players over Christmas break indoors at the YMCA.
We provide numerous clinics for adults year-round, including cardio tennis, and beginner, intermediate, and advanced doubles.
We provide “Big Man/Wonder Woman” advanced competitive leagues weekly.
We will be running our seventh annual fun Tri-Level Doubles League for adults and teens this summer. Last year we had a record 43 players. Thirty-two players competed weekly.
We run five to six USTA Leagues each year based out of Franklin, with the winning local team advancing to postseason USTA regional and sectional tournaments.
We run tennis socials throughout the year bringing together all levels of players.
This year we ran our fourth adult beginner class which was enrolled to capacity. We followed that up with competitive beginner doubles leagues to keep them playing.
We ran “Fit for Tennis” classes for teens and adults. These classes focused on increasing strength, mobility, and flexibility around the tennis courts.
• Recognition at the event
• Name listed on event marketing items
• One VIP area or player ticket
• Recognition at the event
For sponsorship information please contact:
Sheryl Raulston, President, WTTA
136 Wynnwood Drive, Franklin, VA 23851
We are seeking either individual or company sponsorship donations or the donation of an item to raffle or place in a silent auction. Sponsorships over $200 will have their company name advertised on our event marketing materials. You will also receive one VIP area ticket (valued at $40) to attend the evening party that includes food and drinks or one player ticket to the tennis tournament (valued at $60).
Please consider supporting WTTA by becoming a sponsor for this fundraising tournament, or providing items for the raffle/silent auction from you or your company. Information for sponsorships is shown on the included flyer. You can send sponsorship donations to the contact person below.
Thanks for your support of tennis for children and adults in Western Tidewater.
The Western Tidewater Tennis Association (WTTA) is holding our annual Tennis Palooza Tournament. This is our annual fundraising tournament to keep tennis alive and growing in Western Tidewater. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and we rely on donations, memberships, league fees, and grants to fund our programs. This tournament is our way of reaching out to the community to share what we do and ask for support.
WTTA is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Community Tennis Association (CTA) whose mission is to develop and promote the growth of tennis in Western Tidewater. Thanks to past community support, we have been extremely successful in meeting this goal since our inception in 2011. In 2014, WTTA was awarded the “Community Tennis Association of the Year” Award from USTA Mid-Atlantic Region for showing the biggest growth and most success in executing new tennis programs.